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Joint Statement for Human Rights Committee Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

The Center and over 50 human rights organizations from across the globe issued this joint statement to the Human Rights Committee for its day of discussion on the right to life, calling on the Committee to take into account the risks women and girls face to their lives as a result of…

Groundbreaking European Court of Human Rights judgment on access to prenatal testing and abortion

In a 2011 groundbreaking judgment, R.R. v. Poland, the European Court held that Poland’s failure to provide a woman timely access to prenatal genetic testing and information allowing her to make an informed decision about her pregnancy amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment…

U.N. Human Rights Council Passes Resolutions to End Violence Against Women and Child Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) This week the U.N. Human Rights Council—principal body at the U.N…

European Committee of Social Rights Protects Swedish Women’s Rights to Access Reproductive Health Services

(PRESS RELEASE) The European Social Charter does not entitle health professionals in Sweden to invoke personal or moral objections as an excuse to deny women reproductive health services, according to a recent decision by the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), the body that…

U.N. Committee Calls for Abortion Law Reform in Chile

(PRESS RELEASE) Following a review of Chile’s human rights record on economic, social, and cultural rights, a United Nations committee has called for Chile to…

African Union Commits to Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) African nations this week pledged to eradicate child and forced marriage in the region at the African Union Summit, according to African Union Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda…

U.N. Committee Questions Chile on Its Human Rights Record

(PRESS RELEASE) This week a U.N…

U.N. Human Rights Council Grills U.S. on Reproductive Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Governments this week asked the United States to explain its failure to address the misapplication of the Helms Amendment, a 40-year-old policy that — on paper – permits the use of U.S…

Paraguay Denies Abortion to Raped 10-Year-Old

International outrage has been building since late last week, when The Daily Beast reported on the case of a pregnant 10-year-old in Paraguay who has been denied an abortion by…

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…