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Shadow Letter on Poland to UN Human Rights Committee

On October 17-18, 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee questioned Polish officials as a part of periodic review of Poland's compliance with its human rights obligations…

Women’s Strike Defeats Abortion Ban in Poland

On October 3, seven million women in Poland went on strike, outraged by a proposal that would completely ban abortion—and punish women who end a pregnancy with up to five years in prison.

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…

EU Set to Vote on Major Policy Initiative

UPDATE: In an unexpected turn of events, a coalition of conservative members of the European Parliament forced a vote to send the report on sexual and reproductive health and rights back to the Women’s Rights Committee for further discussions.

The Scars of Torture

After a woman suffers painful and terrifying complications during the last hours of childbirth, the worst is usually over for her. …

Pursuit of Justice

The story of Polish daughter and mother P and S is deeply complicated. P, a teenager, was raped and became pregnant as a consequence. She wanted to terminate the pregnancy and had a right to under Poland's laws…

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

People in need of protection

That is where the passion and commitment of human rights defenders lies. They safeguard people of certain races or ethnicities, women, sexual minorities—all of whom have faced violations of their rights in one form or another. …

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The story of Polish daughter and mother P and S is deeply complicated. P, a teenager, was raped and became pregnant as a consequence. She wanted to terminate the pregnancy and had a right to under Poland's laws…