December 3, 2021

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The fight to decriminalize the week of abortion centers in Colombia

The fight to decriminalize the week of abortion centers in Colombia

The Just Cause movement had asked the Constitutional Court the day before to take a positive and speedy decision on the lawsuit seeking to remove the crime of abortion from the penal code.

“Otherwise, in a country where access to abortion is limited and difficult due to multiple barriers to accessing the service, girls and women who live in contexts of vulnerability will continue to be disproportionately affected and criminalized,” the group stressed at a press conference.

The call for this move came when the General Chamber of the Constitutional Court, after discussing the abolition of the crime of abortion from the Penal Code, postponed the decision after reviewing the impediment presented by the investigating judge.

Meanwhile, Colombian women’s struggle for their rights continues to change the status quo.

On the other hand, this week concluded the 30th meeting of the Colombian Solidarity Movement with Cuba, by condemning the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on the island of Antilles.

Likewise, the participants in the meeting held in Cali, Yumbo and Palmera, Valle del Cauca province, agreed to defend the revolution that was besieged by the media campaign organized by the United States.

In this context of solidarity, hundreds of Colombians celebrated with Cuba the opening up of tourism, after nearly two years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Likewise, the resumption of the school year in person, the 502nd anniversary of the founding of Havana, and the advancement of vaccines developed by Cuban scientists.

Likewise, this week’s use of swastikas, uniforms and Nazi icons was heavily criticized during a tribute to Germany held at Simon Bolivar Police School in Toloa, Valle del Cauca.

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This fact was rejected by civil society, by the National Directorate of National Police Schools, attached to the Ministry of Defense, by President Ivan Duque, and a refusal note was produced by the Israeli and German embassies.

It was considered dangerous by many netizens, political figures, academics and others because – they warned – it involves a sense rooted for more than 20 years in uniform.

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