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 The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran gangs who prey on deportees and Salvadoran authorities who harm deportees or who do little or nothing…
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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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Last August, I had the opportunity to testify before the Constitutional Tribunal in Chile, my home country, in support of a landmark law that decriminalized abortion in three circumstances. In my testimony before the court, I spoke about how Chile’s total…
El Salvador protest abortion laws
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Some Women Accused of Having Abortions Convicted of Murder, Sentenced to 40 Years

In 2013, the life of “Beatriz,” a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador, was put in grave danger as a result of her pregnancy. But abortion is illegal in El Salvador. Trying to save her own life, Beatriz took her case to the Supreme Court – after all, her…
El Salvador protest abortion laws
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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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Teresa didn’t know she was pregnant. Then, one day she started to contract and delivered a stillborn baby. For this, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison – despite a lack of evidence demonstrating that she somehow induced the…
El Salvador protest abortion laws
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In El Salvador, 17 women convicted of murder, after being accused of having had an abortion, are sitting in prison for up to 40 years. For some of these women, having a miscarriage or stillbirth was used as evidence to convict them. Activists in El…
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Fetus Cannot Survive, but Pregnancy Risks Woman’s Life

(Washington, DC) – President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador should ensure that a woman who faces substantial risk of death if her pregnancy continues can obtain an abortion without criminal penalty, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Funes. The…
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Fetus Cannot Survive, but Pregnancy Risks Salvadoran Woman’s Life

H.E. Mauricio Funes President of the Republic of El Salvador Alameda Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo No. 550 San Salvador El Salvador, C.A. May 14, 2013 President Funes: We write to you urgently about the case of Salvadoran citizen “Beatriz,” a 22-year-old…
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Negotiations Concluding on Domestic Worker Convention

(Geneva) - Governments, trade unions, and employers' organizations should combat child labor by adopting a new international treaty on the rights of domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of the World Day Against Child Labor, June 12.…
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 Swept Under the Rug
 Abuses against
 Domestic Workers Around the World
 I. Introduction
 Best and
 worst government practices
 Key
 recommendations
 To Labor Ministries
 To Heads of State and Government, and…
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Report Spotlights Violence and Slavelike Conditions in 12 Countries

Click to expand Image In Malang, Indonesia, prospective domestic…
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NO REST Abuses Against Child Domestics in El Salvador I.SUMMARY.. II.RECOMMENDATIONS Principal Recommendations Additional Recommendations To the Legislative Assembly To the Ministry of Labor To the Ministry of Education To the Office of the Human…
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Testimonies from "No Rest: Abuses Against Child Domestics in El Salvador"

“When I was ten, I went to work in the first house. I would wash the dishes, make the beds . . . . I slept there. This was in San Salvador. They didn’t pay me because they left and went to their mother’s house and didn’t give me the address. I worked…
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Tens of thousands of girls in El Salvador work as domestics, a form of labor that makes them particularly vulnerable to physical abuse and sexual harassment, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. The 35-page report, “No Rest: Abuses…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED
 HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES
 OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and
 Abuse of Girls Risks to
 Women and Girls in…