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El Salvador

Thousands of people were detained in quarantine centres for alleged violations of a mandatory quarantine imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were reports of precarious and insanitary conditions in these centres, as well as arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force. The...

Ireland

The government response to COVID-19 raised human rights concerns, including in relation to the right to health, the enactment of emergency legislation without parliamentary oversight, and police use of spit hoods. Increased numbers of people accessed abortion services under the 2018 law, but gaps...

Nepal

Legislation limiting the rights to freedom of expression and privacy remained pending. Security forces detained individuals for “spreading misinformation” and criticizing the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protesters were detained and security forces continued to use excessive force to...
Americas Human Rights Defenders and Activists

“We are constantly on high alert”: activists and health professionals who defend the right to abortion are contending with growing risks

By Lisa Maracani and Josefina Salomón* There is rarely a dull day at work for Dr. Laura Gil, a Colombian gynecologist. But even for her, certain days stand out from the rest. One morning in 2022, as she walked down the main hall of one of the clinics where she works in the Colombian capital...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Ireland: Serious Gaps in Human Rights Protection, Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 39th Session of the UPR Working Group, 1 – 12 November 2021

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ireland in November 2021. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Ireland in its previous UPR, including in relation to its ratification of human rights treaties and removing the...