Join with Amnesty International and stand in solidarity with women imprisoned in El Salvador
In El Salvador, women who miscarry or have stillbirths may be accused of abortion or murder, and end up imprisoned for decades. Many face sentences of more than 30 years.
The total ban on abortion in El Salvador means that abortion is a crime even if the woman’s life is at risk, if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if the foetus is not viable. This has created an atmosphere of suspicion and led to hundreds of arrests.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty International are working towards demanding the release of imprisoned El Salvador women.
María Teresa Rivera is serving a 40-year prison sentence in El Salvador. She was 28 years old and was working in a garment factory when one day she felt the urgent need to use the toilet. She was found by her mother-in-law, bleeding on the bathroom floor. She had not known she was pregnant. She was rushed to hospital where a member of staff reported her to the police. Police officers arrived and began questioning María Teresa without a lawyer present. She was later found guilty of aggravated homicide.
You can join with Amnesty International and stand in solidarity with the women jailed in El Salvador after suffering complications with their pregnancies, and demand their immediate release.
When you sign up for this action, Amnesty International will create a key with your name printed on a colourful ribbon attached to it. These keys will be tied to an art sculpture representing our demands for the release of the women.
Amnesty International will share pictures of the sculpture decked with your solidarity keys with the women in prison so that they know they are not alone and not forgotten. The entire art piece will then be delivered to the Minister of Justice and Public Security in El Salvador as we urge him to free the women.
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How you can help
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