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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...
Americas Detention

El Salvador: Evelyn at risk of further criminalization

Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide in August, after suffering an obstetric emergency in which she lost her pregnancy in 2016. She is now at risk of further criminalization by El Salvador’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has appealed the court’s ruling. Please take...
Americas Discrimination

El Salvador: Memorandum to the President

Amnesty International believes that the new administration under President Nayib Bukele has a responsibility to promote and implement major and transformative changes in order to realize the international commitments made by El Salvador in the field of human rights. In this brief document, Amnesty...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Ireland: Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture, 61st Session, 24 July to 11 August 2017

Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in July 2017, of Ireland’s second periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or...
El Salvador Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

El Salvador: Separated families, Broken Ties: Women imprisoned for obstetric emergencies and the impact on their families

1998 was a watershed moment for women’s human rights in El Salvador. This was the year that the government decided to take a retrograde step. While most countries around the world were moving towards a liberalization of restrictive laws on abortion, El Salvador moved to criminalize abortion in all...