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India Supreme Court Denies Abortion To Rape Survivor Living With HIV


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India Supreme Court Denies Abortion To Rape Survivor Living With HIV

In its ruling, the Supreme Court bench rejected the abortion plea due to her being 26 weeks pregnant and as a result of the recommendation it received from a court-appointed medical panel that indicated that an abortion at this stage of pregnancy posed a risk to the lives of the woman and the fetus. The woman learned of her pregnancy and HIV status in January 2017 and initially requested an abortion while at 17 weeks of pregnancy. After significant delays, both the government hospital and the high court in Bihar denied her request for legal abortion services, resulting in her appeal to the Supreme Court.


By Article 19, UK.


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Indonesia: Overturn blasphemy conviction of Jakarta Governor and repeal law


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Indonesia: Overturn blasphemy conviction of Jakarta Governor and repeal law

Ahok was convicted for citing a passage of the Qur’an in the context of his re-election campaign to become Governor of Jakarta in September 2016. He claimed Muslim leaders were manipulating that passage to influence Muslims to vote against him, which led to him losing the election. Prior to his conviction, he was also subject to a travel ban. Ahok is a Christian and ethnically Chinese, which are both minority groups in Muslim-majority Indonesia. He is due to be succeeded as Governor by his opponent in the election contest, Anies Baswedan, who is a Muslim, in October.


By Article 19, UK.


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World Press Freedom Day: ARTICLE 19 calls on States to guarantee journalists’ safety and promote a vibrant information flow


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World Press Freedom Day: ARTICLE 19 calls on States to guarantee journalists’ safety and promote a vibrant information flow

Insecurity, impunity, and violence against the press persisted in 2016. Journalists and media workers were arrested, assaulted, and murdered throughout the year and the first quarter of 2017. In addition, major political events imposed new legal, financial, political, and social pressures on journalists around the world. Among others: fake news and governments’ potentially arbitrary answers, the significant role acquired by social media in news consumption challenging media’s traditional financial models; the emergence of political actors hostile to free journalism –and the consolidation of old regimes adverse to individual liberties; and the use of terrorism, extremism, and nationalist speech to hinder the free flow of ideas.


By Article 19, UK.


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