Amicus in the case of the indigenous Achi women who suffered sexual violence during the genocide in Guatemala
This amicus curiae was presented by the organizations Women’s Link Worldwide, la Corporación Humanas, la Red Nacional de Mujeres, la Corporación Sisma Mujer y Colombia Diversa, all of whom are part of the Cinco Claves alliance. It was presented before the Sala Primera de Apelación de Mayor Riesgo of Guatemala, as part of the criminal procedure hearing the case of the indigenous Achi women who survived sexual violence during the genocide in Guatemala.
In April 2018 we submitted an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of Rwanda in a criminal case in which a woman was appealing the decision to condemn her to life imprisonment for the crime of infanticide. In view of the low socio-economic status of the woman, her total lack of access to any information on family planning or sexual and reproductive health services, and the fact that she had not had any legal representation during any of the previous hearings of her case, our submissions focused on the national, regional and international human rights standards on the right to life and health, non-discrimination and due process. Our amicus has an intersectional approach and specifically sought address the woman’s circumstances at the time of the incident, and how these circumstances had affected her mental health.
In January 2018, we submitted an amicus curiae before the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi during the process that had to decide to restore the "Standards & Guidelines for reducing morbidity & mortality from unsafe abortion" in Kenya, that had been withdrawn in December 2013 by the Director of Medical Services.
In April 2015, we submitted an amicus curiae before the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic in the process that continues to decide whether to maintain the guarantee of the right to life and integrity of pregnant women when a pregnancy puts them at risk.