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Gypsy women launch claim following sterilisation

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7486.275-b (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:275
  1. Katka Kosner
  1. Prague

    Gypsy women in the Czech Republic who claim they were coerced into being sterilised by doctors are to launch the first claims for damages with courts this month.

    Jiri Lifka, a legal adviser with the Czech ombudsman's office, said that 61 complaints from women claiming they were forced to have sterilisation have been lodged with his office in recent months.

    “The cases go back to the 1970s and up to 2004,” he told the BMJ, adding that all but two complaints were lodged by Gypsy women.


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