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Guatemala wants to crew abortusboot the country off

Guatemala wants to crew abortusboot the country off

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Guatemala wants the crew of the abortusboot of the Dutch organisation Women on Waves it off. The lawyers of the group to draw appeal to.

According to the authorities to have the women lied when applying for tourist visas and they are not allowed to work in the Central American country. That, reports the BBC.

The boat is since Thursday detained by the navy and soldiers block the access to the ship, as reported by the organisation previously. On board of the boat are six staff of Women on Waves, including one in the Netherlands.

In Guatemala, abortion is permitted only to the life of the mother to save. As a result, according to Women on Waves, on average, around 65,000 illegal abortions per year. Women on Waves wants to ship outside the territorial waters of the country, where the laws of Guatemala do not apply. According to the organization, all the papers are in order and there are no legal grounds for the ship to hold.

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Constitution

The army of Guatemala last Thursday, in a statement stated that the organisation’s activities are not allowed to develop because they are in conflict with “what’s in the constitution written about the protection of human life and the laws that are in force in our country”.

Dutch Abortusboot on the chain in Guatemala

The abortusboot of the Dutch organisation Women on Waves is Thursday detained by the navy of Guatemala.
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Rebecca Gomperts of Women on Waves, after a truncated press conference in Marina Pez Vela, the port of the city of Puerto San José.
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Women on Waves wants to ship outside the territorial waters of the country, where the laws of Guatemala do not apply.
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