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African Commission to Hear Case on Maternal Deaths Brought by the Center and Partners

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has agreed to hear a maternal mortality complaint against Nigeria in a case brought by the Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape, the [...]

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Millicent Awuor Maimuna & Margaret Anyoso Oliele v. Attorney General and others, Constitutional Petition No. 562 of 2012, High Court of Kenya

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Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care, Coercive Policies, Maternal Mortality,Africa, Kenya, Accountability Bodies, African Human Rights System,In the Courts, Engaging Policymakers, Around the World,Documents

Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole: Amicus Brief from the Honorable Wendy Davis, Teresa Fedor, Lucy Flores, and Judy Nicastro

Abortion, Legal Restrictions,United States, Accountability Bodies, African Human Rights System,In the Courts,Case Document

Whose Right to Life? Women’s Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights. International human rights law recognizes this basic right begins at birth, and international and regional human rights [...]

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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. The Center submitted a letter to the Working Group back in April 2012 detailing existing problems with reproductive [...]

Discriminatory Policies, Right to Care, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care, Maternal Mortality,Africa, Zambia, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,At the United Nations,Documents

Reproductive Rights: A Tool for Monitoring State Obligations

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights. The tool outlines State obligations under international and regional human rights law on a range [...]

Abortion, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions, Other Barriers, Adolescent SRHR, Sex Education, Censorship, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions, Discriminatory Policies, Right to Care, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care, Coercive Policies, Maternal Mortality,Accountability Bodies, African Human Rights System, Inter-American Human Rights System, European Human Rights System, United Nations,At the United Nations, Engaging Policymakers, Around the World,Documents

RH Reality Check: Forced Pregnancy Testing: Blatant Discrimination and a Gross Violation of Human Rights

Forced Pregnancy Testing: Blatant Discrimination and a Gross Violation of Human Rights by Onyema Afulukwe, Legal Adviser for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights Earlier this month, news spread of a Louisiana charter school's [...]

Adolescent SRHR, Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, United States,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World, Reporting on Rights,Center in the Spotlight

Zambia: A Wrong Turn on the Right to Life

States have consistently chosen to use language in their constitutions that affirms the right to life without trying to define when life begins, reinforcing the approach taken by all major international human rights instruments. However, [...]

Abortion, Definitions, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions,Africa, Zambia,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World,Documents

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

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RH REALITY CHECK: Birth Control Alone Isn’t Enough

Birth Control Alone Isn't Enough by Louise Finer, Director of Global Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights In 1996, a Peruvian woman named María Mamérita Mestanza Chávez died from complications of a forced sterilization [...]

Latin America & Caribbean, Peru, Accountability Bodies, African Human Rights System, Inter-American Human Rights System, European Human Rights System, United Nations,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World, Reporting on Rights,Center in the Spotlight

The CEDAW Committee Urges States to Protect and Promote Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zambia to improve their record on reproductive rights. The Center for Reproductive Rights, [...]

Abortion, Legal Restrictions, Adolescent SRHR, Sex Education, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Legal Restrictions, Discriminatory Policies, Right to Care, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care,Africa, Zambia, Asia, Nepal, Latin America & Caribbean, Costa Rica, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,At the United Nations,News

Shadow letter to CEDAW on the status of reproductive and sexual health and rights in Zambia

On May 26, 2011, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the 49th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the status of reproductive and sexual health [...]

Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Discriminatory Policies, Right to Care, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care,Africa, Zambia,At the United Nations,Documents

Human Rights Day 2011

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” That’s the first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 63 years ago on [...]

Abortion, Legal Restrictions, Adolescent SRHR, Contraception, Legal Restrictions, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care, Maternal Mortality,United States, Accountability Bodies, African Human Rights System, Inter-American Human Rights System, European Human Rights System, United Nations,In the Courts, At the United Nations, Engaging Policymakers, Around the World, In the States (USA), Reporting on Rights,News

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Thirty years ago, women’s rights activists first marked November 25 as the day on which the world would demand an end to all physical and sexual abuse targeted at women. It took another 18 years [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

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