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.
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.
The Dominican Republic has decriminalised abortion where pregnancy poses a risk to the life of a pregnant woman or girl, in cases where the foetus will be unable to survive outside the womb, and in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said.
Amnesty International commended today’s decision by the Irish Government to request a re-opening of the landmark European Court of Human Rights 1978 judgment in Ireland v UK.
Following the conviction of Brishna’s rapist on 25 October, the Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring her protection. The 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province is receiving medical and psychological attention. Brishna was raped in May 2014 by a local mullah. While in the hospital, she received death threats to be killed.
Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja’s travel ban has been lifted, and she left Bahrain on 2 October.