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A.S. v. Hungary (United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women)

The A.S. v. Hungary complaint was filed under the Optional Protocol to CEDAW on behalf of a Hungarian woman of Roma origin who was coercively sterilized in a public hospital. The complaint was filed jointly [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Europe, Hungary, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,In the Courts,Case

Vo. v. France (European Court of Human Rights)

Filing date: November 26, 2003 Country/Region: FranceCenter Attorney(s): Christina Zampas Summary: In November 2003, the Center filed an amicus brief with the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Vo v. France. The [...]

Maternal Health,Europe, France, Accountability Bodies, European Human Rights System,In the Courts,Case

Ramakant Rai v. Union of India / Amici (Supreme Court of India)

International human rights law protects the rights of women to have access to voluntary sterilization services free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. In April 2004, the Center prepared a legal memorandum on the illegality of [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Asia, India,In the Courts,Case

Ferguson v. City of Charleston

The Center brought this case on behalf of ten women targeted by a “Search and Arrest” policy initiated in 1989 by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and local law enforcement officials. Under the [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,United States,In the Courts,Case

P. and S. v. Poland (European Court of Human Rights)

European Court of Human Rights Sets Standards for the Rights of Adolescents to Reproductive Health Services  (Updated 04.01.21) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland violated an adolescent’s human rights when her access to a legal [...]

Abortion, Adolescent SRHR, Right to Care, Access to Quality Care,Europe, Poland,In the Courts,Case

Women’s Health Organizations Urge Oversight Agency to Hold Bush Administration Accountable

HHS Poised to Issue Midnight Regulation Jeopardizing Women's Health Washington, D.C. - Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today sent a letter to [...]

Maternal Health,United States,Engaging Policymakers, In Washington D.C.,News

Women’s Rights Defenders Seek Protection

Inter-American Commission Should Press Nations for Action WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is in a crucial position to bring overdue attention to the violations and abuses that women's human rights defenders [...]

Maternal Health,Accountability Bodies, Inter-American Human Rights System,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World,News

CEDAW calls on Slovakia to Address Forced Sterilization and Refusals of Care

Slovakia must take urgent action to prevent Roma women from being sterilized without prior and informed consent. This was a key concluding observation from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Europe, Slovakia,At the United Nations,Uncategorized

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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Pregnant Women in Nigeria Die Due to Government Negligence, According to Center for Reproductive Rights’ New Report

Almost 60,000 women die every year in Nigeria from preventable pregnancy-related causes because the oil-rich country has failed to implement and enforce its own policies on maternal health, according to a new report published by [...]

Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care, Maternal Mortality,Africa, Nigeria,Reporting on Rights,News

Center for Reproductive Rights Calls on U.N. to Incorporate Reproductive Rights into New “Peer Review” Process

Geneva -- As the United Nations convenes its first "peer review" of member countries' human rights records, the Center for Reproductive Rights, along with ten other organizations from around the world, is expressing concern that [...]

Abortion, Maternal Health,Accountability Bodies, United Nations,At the United Nations,News

U.N. Committee Finds U.S. Is Falling Short in Tackling Racism in Reproductive Health Care

California Congresswoman Joins Center in Speaking Out against Disparities NEW YORK - Today, on the eve of International Women's Day, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said the United States was [...]

Adolescent SRHR, Sex Education, Contraception, Funding for Reproductive Healthcare, Maternal Health,United States,At the United Nations,News

Reproductive rights are human rights.

Help us ensure that every government around the world guarantees them.