EL SALVADOR

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#GLOBALACTIONFORELSALVADOR # APOYO4CAUSALES

Our fight is for the more than 20 women in prison due to the absolute criminalization of abortion, for the hundreds of thousands of girls who have nowhere or where to turn when, as a result of the sexist and misogynistic society, they find themselves victims of rapes who In many cases it forces them to be girls and mothers at the same time, for the girls who are no longer there, because in El Salvador suicide is the third leading cause of maternal death in adolescents who, being forced to give birth, desperately resorted to suicide as The only option, for women who want to be mothers and for those who do not, because all of us, in the event of rape or risk to our own life, can decide, freely, with options that bet on our rights to life and health. We know this school struggle. We have the strength of women who inspire us: the strength of María Teresa who, product of a system that criminalizes women and poverty, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for an abortion that she did not commit. The strength of Manuela, who died fighting against this law that oppresses us and cruelly condemns us, the courage of Beatriz, who, fighting for her life, to live her motherhood with her little son, resisted and faced a legal system that like the media, it seemed, they had already tried her without fully knowing the details of her case. While the rich abort, the poor bleed and the media are silent. Faced with campaigns of fear, hatred and misinformation, we respond with love, organization, with conviction and with the certainty that we must continue betting on the life and health of women. For those who are no longer there, for those who come, for us, we  invite everyone to participate in this # AcciónGlobalPorElSalvador. On June 7, 2017, women and men around the world came together to say I # Apoyo4Causales
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POPULAR AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STUDENT STRUGGLE

Tegucigalpa. Concerned about the persecution and criminalization suffered by university students, for defending the right to public education and autonomy, the Committee of Solidarity with the University Student Movement was created yesterday. This Committee will carry out various actions in support of the student struggle in the different regional centers and aspires that or after organizations join the defense of public education and to achieve an inclusive truth process in the election of the next university authorities. We denounce the stigmatization and hate campaign of the university authorities against students and professors who have questioned the actions of the privatization of the highest house of studies and the application of the university reform. The presentation of the Committee was held at the main entrance of the university in the Honduran capital and later it was integrated into the mobilization in the one called by the University Student Movement (MEU). This committee is formed by the National Network of Human Rights Defenders, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), Association for Democracy and Human Rights of Honduras (ASOPODEHU), the Reflection, Research and Communication Team (ERIC), Center for Women's Rights (CDM), Center for Women's Studies (CEM-H), Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), CIPRODEH, Association of mothers of criminalized students, among others. From the Platform of the Popular and Social Movement of Honduras (PMSPH) we embrace the student struggle and celebrate the articulation of the organizations for the solution of this conflict that is of national interest. Writing: Helen Ocampo / Photographs: Cesar Geovani
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STUDENTS FROM THE FACULTY OF CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACY ATTEND INITIAL HEARING

Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Six students were present this Wednesday at the Criminal Law Courts in the Honduran capital, accused of deprivation of liberty and usurpation by the authorities of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). The students had previously suspended their hearing on July 14, but today they appeared at this body accompanied by their relatives, human rights defenders and members of the Student Movement. The defendants correspond to the names of Gloria Sarahí Mejia, Génesis Aracely Andino, Any Raquel Blanco, Karen Giselle Reyes, Tiffany Nicolle Zúniga and Tony José Barahona. The hearing was held normally, despite the fact that due process was not respected at the hearing of the accused held on June 17, because the fiscal requirement for the detention of students was not authorized by the rector Julieta Castellanos, or another university authority. Added to this, none of the alleged victims who were deprived of liberty presented their complaint. On the other hand, the university authorities, using the administrative process, sent a summons sheet for the defense or defense hearing to be held on August 4 at the Maximum House of Studies. The form of accusation through the courts and using the administrative process of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) has become a constant strategy of criminalization of organized students. At this time, 20 students from Tegucigalpa and one from San Pedro Sula have similar processes. For her part, Gloria Pacheco, mother of one of the students, demands "In the first instance that they stop criminalizing each student, because free expression is something of freedom at the University for the student" The hearing will be monitored on August 9 to review the evidence from both parties. Drafting. Nancy García / Photography: Carlos del Cid
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