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Alyne v. Brazil: Case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (“Maternal Mortality”) v. Brazil

Alyne, a 28-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman, died of complications resulting from pregnancy after a private and then a public health center denied her quality maternal health care…

Shaming El Salvador on the Global Stage

Manuela’s story is the stuff of nightmares. The young mother from El Salvador had not been feeling well for several years. She sought medical attention for what seemed to be tumors on her neck, but received no treatment or diagnosis—just some pain killers…

Case Of Pregnant Woman Beaten And Denied Care At Local Hospital Brought To Kenyan High Court

(PRESS RELEASE) The case of Josephine Majani, whose story of being physically and verbally abused by nurses and repeatedly denied quality medical care at Bungoma District Hospital was widely covered by Kenyan news outlets last year, has now been brought to the High Court of Kenya by the…

Women's Rights in the Dominican Republic Take Center Stage at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Reproductive health and human rights advocates testified today in Washington, D.C. on women’s rights issues, including discrimination, violence and reproductive rights violations…

Brazil Takes Step to Implement Historic United Nations Ruling in Maternal Death Case

(PRESS RELEASE) The Brazilian government has agreed to pay reparations as part of the first United Nations ruling on human rights violations in a maternal death case…

In Pursuit of Justice

Twenty-eight-year-old Alyne de Silva Pimentel, a poor Afro-Brazilian woman with a young daughter, was six months pregnant with her second child when she began to experience severe nausea and abdominal pain.  When her symptoms intensified, she sought help at a private health center…

Brazilian Lawmakers Hear Testimony Regarding Discrimination Against Women Seeking Maternal Health Care

(PRESS RELEASE) Two years after the United Nations declared Brazil responsible for the death of an Afro-Brazilian woman —calling on the State to provide access to quality maternal health care without discrimination—pregnant women are still dying, and Brazil has not implemented the…

The Irish Times: Irish women forced to travel for abortions to take cases to UN

Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the womb will take their cases to the United Nations next week. …

Maternal Mortality and the Decriminalization of Abortion at the Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council gathered for its 24th session in Geneva, from September 9-27, 2013, bringing together human rights activists, civil society members, and United Nations and state officials from across the globe…