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Report on Violations of Women's Human Rights to Therapeutic Abortion and Emergency Medical Care, and of the Rights of Women's Human Rights Defenders (October 2008)

The report provides supplementary information to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee for its review of the second and third periodic report of Nicaragua at its 94th Session held in October 2008.  The report was submitted by the Autonomous Women’s Movement of Nicaragua (MAM: Moviemiento Autonomo de Mujeres) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CDC: Centro de Derechos Constitucionales), located in Managua, Nicaragua, and the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. The report addresses two urgent concerns regarding violations of women’s human rights in Nicaragua including, laws that criminalized all abortion, and the escalating campaign of harassment and persecution against groups who oppose the abortion ban as well as other groups who were outspoken in their criticism of the government. Moreover, the report set forth a series of recommendations how the Government of Nicaragua could improve compliance with its obligations under the Covenant. 

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