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Evelyn at risk of further criminalization

AI-Index: AMR 29/1112/2019

Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide in August, after suffering an obstetric emergency in which she lost her pregnancy in 2016. She is now at risk of further criminalization by El Salvador’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has appealed the court’s ruling. Please take immediate action calling upon the Attorney General to drop the appeal.


On 6 April 2016, Evelyn Hernández, 21, suffered an obstetric emergency in her home in El Salvador which resulted in the loss of her pregnancy. Once at hospital, attending staff reported her to the police. She was arrested, tried, and sentenced to 30 years in jail for aggravated homicide. In 2018, a higher court overturned this ruling and ordered a re-trial.

On 19 August 2019, the judge in this re-trial declared Evelyn innocent, stating that there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate that she had committed a crime. On 6 September 2019, however, the Salvadoran Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that it was appealing this verdict, once again raising the possibility that Evelyn will be subject to prosecution for her pregnancy-related complication.

Abortion is illegal under all circumstances in El Salvador, and women who suffer obstetric emergencies are often wrongly accused under these laws. According to Amnesty International’s partner organizations in the country, at least 16 women remain in jail or continue to face charges in these circumstances.

In 2015, Amnesty International published a report that highlighted the impact of such arbitrary punishments on women in El Salvador and how those impacted come predominantly from marginalized backgrounds.

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