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CEDAW Committee addresses a wide range of reproductive rights violations in its review of Pakistan

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) recently issued concluding observations from its February review of Pakistan's compliance with CEDAW and called out the government for lack of access to health care and policies that routinely ignore…

Pursuit of Justice

The story of Polish daughter and mother P and S is deeply complicated. P, a teenager, was raped and became pregnant as a consequence. She wanted to terminate the pregnancy and had a right to under Poland's laws…

Uphill Battle for Ireland’s New Abortion Law

The death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland, last October created a national uproar in the country, and a call for greater clarity around a longstanding Supreme Court decision that…

UN Body Slams Abortion Laws

This month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) condemned Hungary for two types of abortion restrictions that are on the rise both in Europe and in the US—mandatory waiting periods and biased counseling laws…

Shadow Letter on Hungary to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

In January, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its Hungarian partner, PATENT Association, submitted a shadow letter to the 54th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the situation of women and girls' sexual and reproductive…

CRR Commends U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for Adopting Plan to Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

On the last day of its 57th session last week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and 131 countries agreed to adopt a plan to combat violence against women and girls, urging all countries "to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from…

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Releases Report on Torture and Ill-Treatment in Health Care Settings

This week, Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, presented a groundbreaking

UN Focuses on Reproductive Rights Issues

This month, national leaders, diplomats, and human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Geneva to attend the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. This year's agenda touched on a number of issues—including those that are central to the Center's work: …

Zambia Accepts Several Universal Periodic Review Recommendations Sourced to Input from the Center for Reproductive Rights

In November 2012, the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group  released its recommendations on Zambia…