Detention and Abuse of Women Seeking Maternal Health Services

On September 17, 2015, the High Court of Kenya issued a groundbreaking judgment in the case of Millicent Awuor (Maimuna) & Margaret Anyoso Oliele v. Attorney General and others, Constitutional Petition No. 562 of 2012. This decision recognized that the detention and abuse of women who are unable to pay for maternity services at Kenyan public hospitals is arbitrary, unlawful, and in violation of Kenyan constitutional and international human rights standards.

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