Manuela's Case: El Salvador

01.26.2021

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Manuela was a Salvadoran woman with a very low income, who could not read or write, and she was unjustly imprisoned after suffering an obstetric emergency in the rural area where she lived. She was subjected to a criminal trial, charged with irregularities and gender stereotypes, and as a result she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the alleged crime of aggravated homicide, and died only two years later in 2010, as she did not receive treatment for a cancer she had begun to suffer from.

Manuela did not receive reproductive health care after her obstetric emergency and did not receive appropriate care for the lymphoma that afflicted her in prison. Seeking justice, reparation, and that no woman repeats her story, we are taking this case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, seeking to create human rights standards that will be embraced by all member states of the Inter-American Human Rights System.

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