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100 days after King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud came to power in Saudi Arabia prospects for human rights progress in the Kingdom remain grim, said Amnesty International, as widespread violations continue unabated.  

The ‘rescue’ of almost 300 women and girls by Nigeria’s military from Boko Haram is an encouraging development but only a small step in securing the safety of the thousands of women and girls abducted by the armed group since 2014, said Amnesty International today.

The organization is also calling on the authorities to ensure that the trauma of those ‘rescued’ is not exacerbated by lengthy security screening in detention.

 

Failure by the Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion to a 10-year-old rape survivor could have devastating consequences on her health and will heap injustice on tragedy, said Amnesty International today. 

Good News

Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and internationally, which it is believed played a major role in their release.  


Saudi Arabian women drivers Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudi were released on 12 February after spending 10 weeks in detention.

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez, imprisoned after losing her pregnancy in 2007 in El Salvador, has been released from prison. Guadalupe who was 18 years old when she was jailed and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering a miscarriage. She was accused of having an abortion, which is outlawed in any circumstance in El Salvador.
“Those seven years were very long for me,'' said Guadalupe.

Act Now

The life of a 10-year-old girl who is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather is in danger. Despite the high risk this pregnancy poses and her mother’s request, access to safe abortion has bot been provided.

Turkmenistan authorities are starting a mass demolition project, and scores of families in the north of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, are facing forced evictions in the surrounding area of northern Ashgabat. 

A 21-year-old man, Siarhei Ivanou has been sentenced to death in Belarus, the last country in Europe and Central Asia still applying the death penalty.