Hoy, Amnistía Internacional publica su informe anual sobre el estado de los derechos humanos en las Américas durante 2019, con una radiografía preocupante de los graves retrocesos que millones de personas enfrentan en la región. La persistencia de la violencia, de los altos índices de homicidios y feminicidios, de la discriminación y la profunda desigualdad, de la degradación y explotación del medio ambiente, aunado al debilitamiento institucional, la corrupción y la impunidad, dejan al descubierto que nuestros gobernantes no están a la altura de las necesidades y demandas de sus ciudadanías.
De acuerdo con datos divulgados por el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo en su más reciente informe de desarrollo humano 2019, la región es la de mayores desigualdades en el mundo, con índices ofensivos como que 10% de los más ricos concentran 37% del total de ingresos, mientras el 40% más pobre recibe menos de 13% de los ingresos.… Seguir leyendo »
When two gynecologists performed an emergency Caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape survivor at the Eva Perón public hospital in Tucumán, Argentina, last week, they saved the girl from a potentially fatal situation authorities should never have put her in — one that is all too common across Latin America.
The girl was reportedly raped by her grandmother’s partner and admitted to a hospital in January after discovering that she was 19 weeks pregnant. She and her mother promptly requested an abortion, which is legal in Argentina in cases of rape or when the woman or girl’s life or health is in danger.… Seguir leyendo »
Six months ago this week Omar received a panicked phone call from his friend and fellow student. «I was in my dormitory writing a paper and a friend called me in desperation from a bus. He said they were being shot by police,» Omar explained. He has not heard from his friend since.
Omar is a student at the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College of Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero state. His friend is one of 43 students who were subjected to enforced disappearance in September of 2014.
As the days and weeks passed, the Mexican authorities stalled and obfuscated. Despite worldwide attention on the issue, they have, for months, failed to properly investigate all lines of the case, especially the worrying allegations of complicity by armed forces.… Seguir leyendo »
Last month in El Salvador, a young woman walked free after nearly a decade behind bars. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was just 18 when, in 2008, she was sentenced to 30 years in jail. Her crime? Having a miscarriage.
El Salvador has one of the world’s most draconian abortion statutes. It criminalizes abortion on all grounds, including when the mother’s life or health is in danger, and in cases of rape. Women and girls cannot access an abortion even if continuing their pregnancy will kill them, or if their fetuses are not viable.
Those who defy the law and seek unsafe, clandestine abortions face horrifying consequences: The World Health Organization in 2008 reported that 9 percent of maternal deaths in Central America are due to such procedures.… Seguir leyendo »