Good news – we are very pleased to be able to tell you that Belen, the young woman who had been imprisoned in Argentina after suffering a miscarriage has been released.
However, other women – not so far away from us here in Taunton – are still facing human rights violations. Did you know that abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland? It is illegal for a doctor to perform abortion even if there is a fatal foetal abnormality or the pregnancy is as a result of rape and/or incest. A midwife or doctor who assists at an abortion can be imprisoned for life. In November 2015, the High Court ruled that a near-complete ban on abortion contravenes human rights law.
We ask you to please email the Northern Ireland Assembly urging them to end this criminalisation of women and girls. Read more and take action here.
Finally, please help us to demand justice for Nazanin – Nazanin Zanghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran under unspecified ‘national security charges’. She has been detained since April 2016 when she was attempting to board a flight home to the UK with her two-year old daughter Gabriella, after visiting her parents in Iran. Nazanin was subjected to 45 days in solitary confinement after her initial arrest. During this time her family didn’t know where she had been taken. After his, she was denied access to a lawyer for a month, and barred from meeting her family. Now, any contact with her family in Iran and the UK is limited and controlled. Latest reports from Amnesty International say that she is at ‘breaking point’ and there are real concerns about her health. Read more and take action here.