Johannesburg - Amnesty International on Thursday said it will be debating proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalise and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs.
Delegates from around the world will be gathering in Warsaw, Poland, from Friday to Sunday to hold crucial votes on the organisation’s positions on safe and legal abortion and how States control the production, sale and use of drugs.
“We want to make sure we are well placed to fight for the human rights of millions of people whose lives are impacted by how governments criminalise or restrict access to abortion and by the prohibition of drugs,” said Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Law and Policy.
Both issues require a much more compassionate approach from governments to protect the rights of the people who are most at risk."
Representatives will be asked to vote on adopting an updated position on abortion that will call on states not just to decriminalise abortion, but to guarantee "access to safe and legal abortion" in a broad way that fully respects the rights of all women and girls.