Posted 2012/12/6

Joint Letter Sent to Hungarian Minister of Public Administration and Justice Calling for a Review of the Case of Dr. Agnes Gereb

Dr. Agnes Greb

On 6 December 2012 the trial began of Hungarian human rights defender Dr. Agnes Gereb who has been under house arrest for 770 days. In response a letter has been issued, by Front Line Defenders and several other organisations, to the Hungarian Minister of Public Administration and Justice Dr. Tibor Navracsics calling on him to urgently review her case.

Agnes has been targeted for providing homebirth services, which are criminalized in Hungary, despite the European Court for Human Rights asserting the rights of women to homebirth in 2010. The charges against her relate to 3 birth cases, even though the mothers in each case are 'fully supportive' of Dr. Gereb.

The letter raises several concerns especially regarding the 'discriminatory circumstances as experienced at her previous trial' that the groups 'believe will prevent her receiving a fair trial'. It also calls on the Hungarian authorities 'to recognise that Dr. Gereb or any other Hungarian midwife should not have to face criminal charges when defending their birth actions'.

The letter was endorsed by the following organisations:

Front Line Defenders, Dublin, Ireland

Center for Women’s Global Leadership, New Jersey, USA

INFORM Human Rights, Colombo, Sri Lanka

MADRE Women’s Human Rights, New York, USA

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, San Francisco, USA

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, Manila, Philippines

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