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Amicus Work: Latin America and the Caribbean

Case of I.V. v. Bolivia  Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2016) Issue: Bolivia’s policy of forced sterilization  Center Position: Forced sterilization is a human rights violation. I.V., a Bolivian, sued Bolivia when she was sterilized [...]

Latin America & Caribbean, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru,Case Document

Safe Abortion Through Medical Abortion and Self-Management in Select Asian Countries

Published collaboratively by Center for Reproductive Rights and South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJAI), this paper outlines the existing public health standards and the current human rights standards on abortion including medical and self-managed abortions.

Abortion,Asia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka,Reporting on Rights,Publications

Nepal Agrees to Decriminalize Abortion and Protect SRHR

Nepal accepts recommendations from its Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council to protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.

Abortion,Asia, Nepal,At the United Nations,Story

The Center’s Work in Nepal

The Center has been working to advance reproductive health and rights in Nepal since 2000, including the landmark case Lakshmi v. Nepal that recognized abortion as a constitutional right.

Abortion,Asia, Nepal,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World,Uncategorized

Chile Agrees to End Forced Sterilization Practices and Provide Reparations in Case at the IACHR

The agreement provides justice for Francisca--a woman with HIV forcibly sterilized in a Chilean hospital--after a years-long effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Vivo Positivo at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

HIV/AIDS, Discriminatory Policies, Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Latin America & Caribbean, Chile, Accountability Bodies, Inter-American Human Rights System,In the Courts,Story

Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Nepal

The joint submission made by the Center and its local partners in July 2020 for Nepal's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council.

Abortion,Asia, Nepal,At the United Nations,Documents

Reproductive Health and Rights Related Decisions by the Supreme Court of Nepal (Nepali Version)

The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued several positive judgments and landmark decisions in the field of reproductive health and rights.  These judgments and decisions have helped ensure women’s reproductive health and rights under the [...]

Asia, Nepal,In the Courts,Case Document

Supreme Court of Nepal Decision: Lakshmi v. Government of Nepal

In a landmark decision issued on May 20, 2009, Nepal’s Supreme Court directed the government – specifically the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of [...]

Abortion,Asia, Nepal,In the Courts,Case Document

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

Amicus Work – Asia

Lakshmi v Government of Nepal Supreme Court of Nepal (2008) Issue: The petition challenged the Nepal government’s failure to ensure adequate access to safe abortion services despite the decriminalization of abortion on broad grounds in 2002. [...]

Asia, Nepal,Case Document

Decriminalization of Abortion in Nepal: Imperative to Uphold Women’s Rights

This fact sheet highlights continued criminalization of women for seeking abortion beyond prescribed legal conditions despite progressive legislation that came into force in 2018. The Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights (SMRHR) Act aims to respect, [...]

Abortion,Asia, Nepal,Engaging Policymakers, Around the World, Reporting on Rights,Publications

Need of Separate Law on Abortion in Nepal, 2015

Publication developed by the Center and jointly published by Reproductive Health Rights Working Groups (RHRWG). The fact sheet presents why specific and comprehensive law on safe abortion is necessary in Nepal and what would be [...]


Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Regulation in Nepal, 2020

The publication is jointly printed with the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ipas Nepal and the Forum for Women Law and Development.


Necessary legal reforms to ensure improved access to safe abortion for women and girls in Nepal

Factsheet based on fact-finding study jointly conducted by the Center and its Nepal-based implementing partner organization, Forum for Women Law and Development in 2017. The factsheet was published in 2018 and covered the key highlights [...]


Reproductive rights are human rights.

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