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Costa Rica Joins Global Push to Recognize Legal Gender Self-Identification

(Human Rights Watch) In June, Costa Rica’s president signed a directive and decree ordering government agencies that issue official documents to recognize gender identity based on self-declaration. The move follows an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) advisory opinion issued in January, which asserted that countries...

Nicaragua Abortion Ban Threatens Health and Lives

Nicaragua’s total ban on abortion is putting women and girls’ health and lives at risk. The country’s 2006 law punishing abortion – without any exceptions, even if pregnancies are life-threatening or resulted from rape – has driven abortions underground. The ban has not stopped...

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