Letter sent to President Obama by the European Women's Lobby as a part of the GJC's "August 12th Campaign" asking that he issue an Executive Order lifting US abortion restrictions on humanitarian aid.
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Global Justice Center’s Suggestions and Comments Regarding the Integration of Gender Equality and International Law for the Draft Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan
The GJC publishes suggestions and comments regarding the integration of gender equality and international law for the draft transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.
These suggestions are formatted in a list of the topic, constitutional article and the GJC's issues/comments with it. The topics include Gender Equality, International Law, Prevention of Underage Marriages, Right to Litigation, Public Health Care, Family, Defence of the Republic of South Sudan, Establishment and Composition of the Council of Ministers, and Appointment of Justices and Judges. There are 18 entries in the list.
The August 12th Campaign: Urge President Obama to Rescind the Abortion Restrictions Placed on All Us Humanitarian Aid for Girls and Women Raped in Armed Conflict
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July, 2011
GJC President Janet Benshoof: “The “no abortion” policy, attached to all US humanitarian aid for victims of rape in armed conflicts, is both deadly and illegal. Now is the time to pressure President Obama to bring the U.S. in compliance with the Geneva Conventions by lifting this ban which he has authority to do with an executive order.”
[NEW YORK, NY] - August 12, 2011 will mark the 62nd anniversary of the adoption of the Geneva Convention of 1949. This cornerstone of International Humanitarian Law (“IHL”) extends to “wounded and sick” civilians the right to comprehensive and non-discriminatory medical care during armed conflict. Yet today one group of civilian victims – namely girls and women impregnated through rape during armed conflict – is routinely denied complete medical care in international humanitarian settings. Specifically, these victims are denied the option of abortion in violation of their rights under the Geneva Conventions and IHL.
Chilean Health Minister Dr. Jaime Menalich Muxi responds to a letter from the GJC requesting that he allow an 11-year-old rape victim to have a life-saving abortion. This letter states that though the pregnancy is risky, he cannot grant her an abortion because it is against the law. This is the original, untranslated copy of the letter the Chilean Health Minister sent in reply to the GJC.
Read GJC's original letter here.
Read a translated version of this letter here.