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(Washington, D.C., July 14, 2021) – Ecuador’s laws criminalizing abortion violate the rights and risk the lives and health of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 128-page report, “‘Why Do They Want to Make Me Suffer…
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Summary In 2017, Sara, at age 38 with two children, thought she was too old to get pregnant again. When she started to bleed heavily, she went to a public hospital in Quito. A doctor diagnosed a urinary-tract infection and recorded in her…
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90th Pre-Session

We write in advance of the 90th pre-session of the Committee on Rights of the Child and its adoption of a list of issues prior to reporting regarding Ecuador’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This submission includes information…
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Summary This is the pain that I have – I’m not only fighting against my child’s abuser, and his lawyer… No, this is a constant fight against the whole education system… the prosecutor… it’s a constant fight. They [school and prosecutor’s office] tell…
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Subject: Human Rights Watch Amicus Curiae in the case of Guzmán Albarracín y otros Vs. Ecuador Purpose and Summary Human Rights Watch respectfully requests that the Honorable Inter-American Court of Human Rights accept us as Friends of the Court, so…
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Washington, D.C., April 25, 2019
 
 Elizabeth Cabezas Guerrero
 President of the National Assembly
 Quito – ECUADOR
 
 Subject: Memorandum on Abortion and International Human Rights Law
 
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 Human Rights…
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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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The rapid spread of the Zika virus has raised concern among public health officials across the Americas. The World Health Organization warned Sunday that the virus is likely to spread further across the region.
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A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.
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Decriminalize Abortion for Rape, Incest, and Severe Fetal Impairment

(Washington, DC) – Ecuador’s National Assembly should decriminalize abortion in line with recommendations made by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president of the assembly’s Justice Commission. In February 2015, the UN…
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Washington, D.C, October 11, 2013   Gabriela Rivadeneira President of the National Assembly Quito - ECUADOR   Dear Mrs. Rivadeneira, I am writing to respectfully urge you to modify three key aspects of the proposed Organic Integral Penal Code currently…
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Ban Hinders Services, Contributes to Maternal Mortality

(Washington, DC) – Ecuador’s restrictive abortion laws put the health and even the lives of rape victims in danger, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In late August 2013 the National Assembly is expected to debate major changes to the…