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Women’s Autonomy Should Be at Center of Abortion Regulation

(Washington, DC, September 14, 2021) – Mexico's Supreme Court has issued two rulings that set important precedents for reproductive justice not only for Mexico but for the Americas, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 7, 2021, the Supreme…
A woman holds up a banner that reads "My body, I decide" during a rally to celebrate the decision of the Mexican Supreme Court that found the total criminalization of abortion to be unconstitutional, in Saltillo, Mexico September 7, 2021.
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Government Should Enable Access to Services, Shelter from Violence

This week, Mexico’s Senate approved a reform to the country’s General Law for Women's Access to a Life free from Violence by including disability as one of the elements prosecutors and courts must evaluate when deciding to grant protection to women…
Women with disabilities demonstrate against violence in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2020. 
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Senate Should Ensure Accessible Services, Access to Justice in Upcoming Vote

(Mexico City) – Mexico’s senate should ensure protection for women with disabilities who are victims of violence, a coalition of human rights groups said today. The senate is expected to vote soon on amendments to the General Law on Women’s Access to…
Women with disabilities demonstrating on March 8, 2020 against violence against women.
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On February 9, Ingrid Escamilla became one of the latest victims of Mexico’s ongoing wave of gender-based violence. The 25-year-old woman was brutally murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend, in their Mexico City apartment. The next day, a tabloid…
Thousands march in protest against rising femicide rates and kidnappings of women in Mexico City, Mexico on February 2, 2019.
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Summary United States immigration authorities routinely detain men, women, and children, including infants, in frigid holding cells, sometimes for days, when they are taken into custody at or near the US border with Mexico. Migrants and…
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Summary The mayor said, “All thieves must be killed.” He said it was an order. −Witness to the execution of Fulgence Rukundo on December 6, 2016 Rwandan security forces summarily executed at least…
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2013 brought many grim setbacks, yet there were still some important signs of progress

With the slaughter of civilians in Syria still horribly unrestrained, it is easy to be discouraged about human rights. There is, of course, every reason for outrage about Syria, and about the international community's narrow focus on peace talks, unlikely…
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General Recommendation on Access to Justice

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) for its General Recommendation on access to justice. Human Rights Watch has done extensive research on this…
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Sister Consuelo Morales Receives the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

Sister Consuelo Morales has seen the number of people in Monterrey who are tortured, killed, or “disappeared” skyrocket in the four years since Mexico’s president unleashed the military to combat drug cartels. Morales has taken the lead in demanding…
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Last month, the first woman ever was convicted of genocide by an international court. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda's former minister for family and women's affairs, guilty of genocide, war crimes and…
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Mexico Should Hold Security Forces Accountable, Protect Journalists, Rights Defenders

(Washington, DC) - President Obama should make human rights concerns a central component of discussions about Mexico's public security crisis when he meets with President Felipe Calderón on March 3, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Deaths tied to drug…
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A mixed chamber and other accountability measures

Introduction I. Establishing a mixed chamber for the Congo: why, what and how? II. The role of the African Union III. Other measures to address grave crimes committed in the DRC   Introduction On October 1, 2010, the United Nations' Office of…
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Ruling Ensures Their Access to Emergency Contraception and Abortion

(New York) – In a landmark decision today, Mexico’s Supreme Court required all of the country’s states to distribute emergency contraception and to provide access to abortion for rape victims. The decision affirms women’s rights to health and life by…
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Protect the Lives of Women

Dear Legislators of Guanajuato: We are writing to you with deep concern for the human rights and reproductive health of women in Guanajuato, particularly the lack of access to safe, legal abortion in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape, and the…
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Proposed constitutional revisions in Puebla violate Mexico’s adherence to international law

  Dear Representatives of the State of Puebla: Human Rights Watch is an international nongovernmental organization that monitors respect for human rights in more than 70 countries around the world. We are writing to urge you to vote against the…
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Human Rights Watch and Las Libres urge government to provide legal abortion services and stop prosecuting women

  Lic. Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Gobernador del Estado Lic. Gerardo Mosqueda Martinez, Secretario de Gobierno   Paseo de la Presa No. 103, 2° Piso Guanajuato, GTO Dear Lic. Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez and Lic. Gerardo Mosqueda Martinez: We…
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Guanajuato State Denies Access to Legal Procedures and Actively Prosecutes Others Seeking Services

(New York) - Officials in the Mexican state of Guanajuato should stop preventing pregnant rape victims from having abortions, though the law guarantees them access, and should stop prosecuting other women seeking abortion services, Human Rights Watch and…
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Congolese and Rwandan Forces Should Make Protecting Civilians a Priority

(New York) - The rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) brutally slaughtered at least 100 Congolese civilians in the Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between January 20 and February 8, 2009, Human Rights Watch…
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“We have been abandoned. Who will protect us? Who will help us?”

In late August 2008, the Congolese army (FARDC) and the rebel group, the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), resumed heavy fighting in the most recent episode of more than a decade of war in eastern Congo. The Congolese army was…
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Landmark Decision Confirms Right to an Abortion up to 12th Week of Gestation

In a historic decision today, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that Mexico City’s law decriminalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of gestation is constitutional. In a publicly broadcast proceeding, the court voted 8-to-3 in favor of upholding the…