Accountability Bodies

Court Rejects Use of European Human Rights Law to Establish Fetal Rights

In a case that could have undermined abortion rights across Europe, today the European Court of Human Rights refused to treat a fetus as a person under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms…

Breaking Through: A Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The coming together of the international community in Cairo in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) signalled a radical change in the approach to population issues…

CEDAW Advances Women's Human Rights

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the only comprehensive international treaty guaranteeing women’s human rights and the prevention of discrimination against women.

Council of Europe Finds Evidence of Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in Slovakia

On October 29, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe concluded that "it can reasonably be assumed" that Romani women in Slovakia were sterilized without their informed consent as documented in a human rights report released earlier this year by the Center for

Slovak Investigation Covers Up Human Rights Abuses

At the conclusion of a criminal investigation tainted by strong-arm tactics, the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister of Human Rights and Minorities Pál Csáky rejected the findings of a human rights report that documented 110 cases of Romani women who were forcibly and coercively sterilized in public…

Young Mexican Rape Victim Speaks Out on Her 18th Birthday, Urging the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Formally Admit Her Case

Today, with the support of international human rights groups, Paulina, a young rape victim from Mexico, is asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to formally admit her legal petition so that negotiations can begin with the Mexican government…

International Human Rights Settlement Expected to Improve Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care in Peru

Yesterday, the government of Peru signed an agreement before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that should bring about sweeping changes in Peru's reproductive health policies, and improve women's access to family planning and…

The Bush Global Gag Rule: Endangering Women's Health, Free Speech and Democracy

On January 22, 2001, on his first business day in office (and the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion), President George W. Bush re-imposed the Global Gag Rule on the U.S.

International Family Planning and Reproductive Health

International family planning and reproductive health and programs funded by the U.S.

Our Work in Focus

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a hearing in the case of Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín, an Ecuadorian teenager who was sexually abused repeatedly by her school’s vice-principal for two years. Petita Albarracín, Paola’s mother, told the Commission about her…