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El Salvador: Total ban on abortion is killing women and girls and condemning others to decades behind bars - 25 September 2014

Headline Title:  El Salvador: Total ban on abortion is killing women and girls The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls in El Salvador, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through danger The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls in El Salvador, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through dangerous pregnancies. Media Node:  El Salvador Story At a Glance:  Women and girls found guilty of having an abortion face a prison sentence of two to eight years.Health care providers who assist them face up to 12 years in prison. Women who have had miscarriages have been charged with aggravated homicide, a charge which can bring a sentence of up to 50 years in prison. El Salvador banned abortion in all circumstances in 1998. Last year the National Civil Police recorded that 16 women and girls were charged with the crime of abortion, six of them were under 17 years old at the time of the alleged offences. Because of the ban, clandestine abortions are common. According to the Ministry of Health, there were 19,290 abortions in El Salvador between 2005 and 2008. The actual figure is likely to be much higher. Common methods used by women and girls to terminate a pregnancy include: ingesting rat poison or other pesticides, and thrusting knitting needles, pieces of wood and other sharp objects into the cervix, and the use of the ulcer treatment drug misoprostol, which has become widely used to induce abortions. According to the latest World Health Organisation figures, 11 per cent of women and girls who underwent a clandestine abortion in El Salvador died as a result.  Suicide accounts for 57 per cent of the deaths of pregnant females aged 10 to 19 in El Salvador, though it is likely many more cases have gone unreported. A newspaper poll in 2013 revealed 74 per cent of people polled in El Salvador favoured an abortion when a woman’s life is at risk. El Salvador has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America. Last year the National Civil Police registered 1,346 rapes of women and girls. Nearly two-thirds were aged under 15 or classified as “mentally incapacitated” and unable to give informed consent. There is only one women’s refuge in El Salvador. It can accommodate just 35 women and children.  Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  El Salvador 14° 21' 12.2904" N, 88° 50' 57.9048" W “The horrific repression that women and girls in El Salvador face is truly shocking and akin to torture. They are denied their fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies and are severely punished if they dare to do so. ” Source:  Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “How was I, passed out unconscious on the floor, supposed to go running to the hospital with my baby?” Source:  Cristina, who served for years in prison after having had a miscarriage. URL:  On the brink of death: Violence against women and the abortion ban in El Salvador Description:  Read the report. URL:  Twelve facts about the abortion ban in El Salvador Description:  Facts and Figures, 25 September 2014. URL:  End abortion ban in El Salvador Description:  Take Action!

US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay

As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers. 

Finlandia: Las conclusiones de la investigación sobre entregas de la CIA son “decepcionantes”

El hecho de que una investigación oficial no haya descubierto pruebas concretas del presunto papel de Finlandia en los programas dirigidos por Estados Unidos de entregas y detenciones secretas hace diez años es realmente decepcionante, ha declarado hoy Amnistía Internacional.   El hecho de que una investigación oficial no haya descubierto pruebas concretas del presunto papel de Finlandia en los programas dirigidos por Estados Unidos de entregas y detenciones secretas hace

Finlande. Les résultats de l'enquête sur la CIA sont décevants

L'échec d'une enquête officielle visant à mettre au jour des éléments de preuve tangibles sur le rôle qu'aurait joué la Finlande dans les programmes de « restitution » et de détention secrète menés par les États-Unis il y a une dizaine d'années est profondément décevant, a déclaré Amnesty International mardi 29 avril. L'échec d'une enquête officielle visant à mettre au jour des éléments de preuve tangibles sur le rôle qu'aurait joué la Finlande dans les programmes de « restitution » et de détention sec

Finland: CIA rendition probe findings ‘disappointing’

The failure of an official investigation to uncover hard evidence of Finland’s alleged role in the US-led programmes of rendition and secret detention a decade ago is deeply disappointing, said Amnesty International today.   The failure of an official investigation to uncover hard evidence of Finland’s alleged role in the US-led programmes of rendition and secret detention a decade ago is deeply disappointing, said Amn

Finland: CIA rendition probe findings ‘disappointing’ - 29 April 2014

Headline Title:  Finland: CIA rendition probe findings ‘disappointing’   The failure of an official investigation to uncover hard evidence of Finland’s alleged role in the US-led programmes of rendition and secret detention a decade ago is deeply disappointing, said Amnesty International today.  Media Node:  Finland renditions Story Location:  Finland 62° 11' 4.1136" N, 24° 39' 11.952" E “The Finnish investigation is a classic example of too little, too late. Victims of CIA renditions and secret detention operations must have access to an effective remedy. While the Ombudsman worked hard to uncover the truth, the Finnish process is incomplete and inconclusive, leaving potential victims with no access to justice. ” Source:  Susanna Mehtonen, Legal Adviser at Amnesty International Finland Date:  Tue, 29/04/2014 “The Ombudsman has rightly called for reform of various systems governing aviation and data collection and retention. Such reform should move forward. Never again should Finland be in the position of not knowing whether and when its airspace and territory may have been used in ways that violated people’s human rights.” Source:  Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s expert on counter-terrorism and human rights Date:  Tue, 29/04/2014 URL:  The Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland's report Description:  Read the full report findings URL:  Unlock the truth in Lithuania: Investigate secret prisons now Description:  Report, 29 September 2011

États-Unis. La levée partielle du secret en ce qui concerne les pratiques de détention de la CIA est positive, mais insuffisante

La commission spéciale du Sénat des États-Unis sur le renseignement (SSCI) s’est prononcée jeudi 3 avril pour la déclassification du résumé et des conclusions de son rapport sur le programme de détention secrète autorisé par l’ex-président George W. Bush en septembre 2001 et auquel le président Barack Obama a mis fin en 2009. La commission spéciale du Sénat des États-Unis sur le renseignement (SSCI) s’est prononcée jeudi 3 avril pour la déclassification du résumé et des conclusions de son rapport sur le programme d

États-Unis. Il faut fermer Guantánamo et en finir avec l’hypocrisie face aux droits humains

Le fait que les États-Unis n’aient toujours pas fermé le camp de détention de Guantánamo Bay, à Cuba, illustre parfaitement leur politique du deux poids deux mesures en matière de droits humains. Le fait que les États-Unis n’aient toujours pas fermé le camp de détention de Guantánamo Bay, à Cuba, illustre parfaitement leur politique du deux poids deux mesures en matière de droits humains, a

USA: Close Guantánamo and end human rights hypocrisy

The continued operation of the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a prime example of the USA’s double standard on human rights, Amnesty International said today, almost five years after President Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the facility. The continued operation of the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a prime example of the USA’s double standard on human rights, Amnesty International said today, almost five years after

Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka’s victims after CHOGM - 17 November 2013

Headline Title:  Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka’s victims after CHOGM  The international community must keep up pressure on the Sri Lankan government to address its human rights crisis, Amnesty International said as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting ( The international community must keep up pressure on the Sri Lankan government to address its human rights crisis as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) draws to a close. Media Node:  CHOGM concludes Story Location:  Sri Lanka 7° 50' 29.814" N, 80° 51' 33.75" E “Sri Lanka may well regret having hosted the Commonwealth summit which has proved a PR disaster for the government. Most of the focus has rightly been on the country’s appalling human rights record” Source:  Steve Crawshaw, Director of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International, said from Colombo Date:  Sun, 17/11/2013 URL:  Sri Lanka’s misguided attempt to ‘win the world’ Description:  Blog, 15 November 2013 URL:  The dangers of reporting on human rights in Sri Lanka Description:  Feature, 15 November 2013 URL:  Sri Lanka: Commonwealth must not turn a blind eye to civil society crackdown Description:  News story, 13 November 2013 URL:  Human rights in Sri Lanka Description:  Briefing, 5 November 2013 URL:  Sri Lanka: Report exposes the government’s violent repression of dissent Description:  News story/report, 30 April 2013

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