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A moment of euphoria in a long battle for women and girl’s rights in El Salvador

23 January 2015

This morning I woke up to the news that “Guadalupe”, a young woman unjustly imprisoned in El Salvador after having a miscarriage, had been pardoned. 

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

23 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

Dominican Republic decriminalises abortion in certain circumstances

Date: 
Fri, 12/19/2014 (All day)

The Dominican Republic has decriminalised abortion where pregnancy poses a risk to the life of a pregnant woman or girl, in cases where the foetus will be unable to survive outside the womb, and in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. 

Philippines: Senate opens inquiry into Amnesty International torture findings

04 December 2014

The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said. 

Amnesty International commends Government’s decision on ‘Hooded Men’ case

02 December 2014

Amnesty International commended today’s decision by the Irish Government to request a re-opening of the landmark European Court of Human Rights 1978 judgment in Ireland v UK.

Authorities commit to ensuring Brishna’s safety

Following the conviction of Brishna’s rapist on 25 October, the Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring her protection. The 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province is receiving medical and psychological attention. Brishna was raped in May 2014 by a local mullah. While in the hospital, she received death threats to be killed.

Maryam Al-Khawaja, human rights activist was able to leave Bahrain

Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja’s travel ban has been lifted, and she left Bahrain on 2 October. 

European Commission's action against Czech Republic for discrimination against in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

European Commission’s action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma.

Spain's Prime Minister has scuppered a retrogressive anti-abortion bill

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction.

Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

23 June 2014


Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today.