Brazil looks to implement historic UN ruling in maternal death case

Publish Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Advocacia Cidadã Pelos Direitos Humanos submitted the first maternal mortality case brought to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in November 2007. CEDAW declared Brazil responsible for the death of an Afro- Brazilian woman, Alyne da Silva Pimentel, calling on the state to provide access to quality maternal health care without discrimination. The committee declared Brazil responsible for violating Alyne’s human rights and ordered the state to provide individual reparations to her family and implement general measures to prevent maternal deaths. The Brazilian government has taken steps to implement the ruling and agreed to pay reparations in this landmark maternal death case.

More info on this case here.