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USA Health of pregnant women being jeopardized by punitive laws

A set of US laws which claim to promote maternal and infant health are in fact driving pregnant women away from vital health services, jeopardizing their wellbeing and violating their right to health, according to a new report published by Amnesty International today. Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA, highlights the impact of pregnancy criminalization laws, especially those which are used to arrest and prosecute women who use drugs based on a belief that they are harming their fetuses.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

USA: Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

In the USA, pregnant women lie at the center of a contested battleground over their sexual and reproductive rights. A series of laws police the behavior of pregnant women and particularly impact those who are marginalized and those who use drugs. Collectively called pregnancy criminalization laws, this report provides a basic overview of the impact of these laws on women’s human rights and access to healthcare across the USA, and specifically focuses on two criminal laws in Alabama and Tennessee.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6203/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Togo
  • Women and Girls

Rosa* : Young LGBTI rights "lawyer"

Openly defending gay rights in Africa is a dangerous business. You may face many different risks: office raids, arbitrary arrest, prosecution for "unnatural" acts, stigma and even violence in the street. West Africa is no exception: the decriminalization of homosexuality is a sensitive topic that is regularly exploited by political and religious leaders and the media. And yet human rights defenders such as Rosa are emerging in this hostile environment by working and fighting day by day to demand respect for LGBTI rights, and to find a safe place for youths abandoned by their families because of their sexual orientation.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Mauritania
  • Women and Girls

Aminetou Mint Moctar : A ''rebel" against the rules that restrict women

It’s not always easy for this mother and householder who is regularly scorned, stigmatized and threatened with death. Despite all this, Aminetou, who regularly challenges the patriarchal attitudes and religious and cultural norms that subordinate or restrict women, remains convinced that her country, Mauritania, will only change if there are people committed and aware that respect of rights will only be achieved through peaceful struggle.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • News
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

West and Central Africa: Attacks on human rights activists reach dangerous levels

Amnesty International launches new global campaign, ‘Brave’, to stop the wave of attacks against those defending human rights At least 87 human rights defenders and 48 journalists arbitrarily arrested in West Africa since 2014 One protester killed every five days during demonstrations States across the region deploy unlawful killings, arrests, surveillance and administrative sanctions to inhibit human rights work Human rights defenders, journalists and protesters in West and Central Africa are facing ever-higher levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.

Date:
15 May 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

El Salvador: Critical opportunity to put an end to total criminalization of abortion

The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador has a historic opportunity to reject the criminalization of abortion and protect the health and lives of millions of women throughout the country, said Amnesty International in light of a debate which could result in the first steps being taken towards the end of criminalization of abortion in the country. “The total ban on abortion is, quite simply, a form of torture which puts the lives of millions of women and girls at risk every day,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
8 May 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Honduras: Historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

Ahead of a debate in the Honduran congress today over the country’s criminalization of abortion, Amnesty International’s Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas said: “By criminalizing abortion, the Honduran Penal Code is incompatible with human rights standards and must be modified without delay. ” “Preventing women from exercising their human rights by stopping them from being able to make decisions over their own bodies only puts their health and lives in danger.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Peru: Postponement of ruling on Acuña’s case, new attempt to block her work

The decision of the Peruvian Supreme Court to postpone the ruling on the case against human rights defender Máxima Acuña is the latest attempt by the authorities to obstruct her legitimate work to defend the environment, said Amnesty International. The Peruvian Supreme Court was due to issue a decision today on the spurious charges of land invasion against Máxima Acuña Atalaya. The ruling was postponed until 3 May after the tribunal informed that some of the judges had not had enough time to reach a decision.

Date:
12 April 2017
  • Research
  • Finland
  • Discrimination

Finland: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International submits this document in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (hereinafter the Committee) consideration of Finland’s 23rd periodic report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in April 2017. This submission summarizes Amnesty International’s concerns about Finland’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 20/6007/2017
  • Research
  • Oman
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine April-June 2017: Voices from Kenya

In this April issue, we hear the voices of people from all over the globe speaking up to support human rights. Be inspired by an exiled human rights defender from Oman and by five women who are fighting for women’s rights. You will also hear about refugees who urged people on social media to take action to promote solutions to the global refugee crisis. Images from our video on the Syrian Saydnaya prison illustrate how inmates are being tortured and killed – we must demand this to end.

Date:
1 April 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5890/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Colombia: Spike in attacks against peace community shows conflict still alive

An unabated wave of threats, killings and forced displacement of hundreds of peaceful villagers in north-western Colombia is a frightening illustration that the armed conflict is far from over, months after a peace accord was signed, warned Amnesty International on the 20th anniversary of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. “Alarmingly, in large parts of Colombia, the armed conflict is as alive as ever.

Date:
21 March 2017
  • News
  • Angola
  • Women and Girls

Angola: Respect Women’s Right to March

The Angolan government must allow protesters to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said ahead of a planned demonstration in Luanda for a women’s right to have an abortion. The protest, scheduled for March 18, 2017, is in response to the new draft penal code currently before parliament, which punishes without exceptions those who have or perform an abortion with up to 10 years in prison.

Date:
17 March 2017