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On January 18, 2016, the United Nations human rights office announced that Peru agreed to compensate a woman whose human rights had been violated when she was denied an abortion. According to the press release, K.L., a seventeen-year-old girl from Peru was fourteen weeks pregnant when her doctors diagnosed the fetus with a fatal birth defect and recommended an abortion to avoid putting her life at risk. An abortion in such circumstances was legal in Peru, but the hospital refused to perform the procedure citing missing regulations as the reason. K.L carried the pregnancy to term, and was forced to nurse the baby during the four days it was alive. This experience had seriously impacted her mental and physical health, and in 2005 a complaint was filed with the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that her human rights were violated when she was denied the procedure. The Committee agreed, finding “Peru had violated the victim’s rights under several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) including the right to an effective remedy, prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, right to private life and right of minors to measures of protection.” A committee chairman noted the importance of states’ compliance with the Committee’s decisions:, “When a State complies with a ruling of the Committee, it is honouring its obligations and providing hope to the rest of the victims involved in cases before the Committee . . . . States must comply with their human rights obligations under the Covenant, because that would contribute to create fairer societies.”