El Salvador violated rights of woman who had abortion and died in prison, court rules

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SAN SALVADOR – The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that El Salvador had violated the rights of a woman who was jailed for violating the country’s strict abortion laws and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He had died during

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A court in El Salvador only in 2008 sentenced the woman, identified as Manuela, to grievous homicide in what a human rights court called an obstetric emergency, which led to the death of her unborn child.

“The Inter-American Court declared the State of El Salvador internationally liable to Manuela for violations of personal liberty, judicial guarantees, equality before the law, the right to life, personal integrity, private life and health,” the court said. . ruled.

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The court ordered El Salvador to pay damages to Manuela’s children, develop and adopt a protocol for such emergencies, and take responsibility for the case internationally. The government could not be immediately reached for comment.

While serving her sentence, Manuela was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2010, he died at the age of 33 because he received medical care “late” and “irregularly”, the court said in its ruling.

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Court records show that a housewife who lived in a rural part of El Salvador, Manuela, was treated for an obstetric emergency at a public hospital in 2008.

Medical staff filed a complaint against her after they determined that she had recently given birth. Police raided his house and found the body of a dead newborn boy in a septic tank, records show.

El Salvador has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the world.

Morena Herrera, a human rights activist for the Coltiva Feminista women’s rights group, called Manuela “another victim of an unjust legal context, rooted in a complete prohibition of abortion, which primarily affected women, adolescents and girls living in poverty.” Is.”

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