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Amnesty International Ireland and Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, have together (05/03/2015) welcomed the publication by Minister for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch TD, of the Report of the Expert Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2001.

The deaths of at least 10 more refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean expose how European governments are still failing to provide adequate resources for a coordinated search-and-rescue operation that would save countless lives, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International today forecast that more civilians would be at risk of abuses by states and armed groups in 2015 unless effective action is taken at a global level.

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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.

This morning I woke up to the news that “Guadalupe”, a young woman unjustly imprisoned in El Salvador after having a miscarriage, had been pardoned. 

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

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Access to safe and legal abortion services for 16 and 17 year old girls and some women with mental disabilities is under threat in Spain.  

At least 27 people remain behind bars in China after showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Bob Rugurika, director of African Public Radio, faces criminal charges after broadcasting investigative reports about the September 2014 murder of three elderly Italian nuns.