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Report says 100 Roma women have been forcibly sterilised in Slovakia

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:302
  1. Katka Krosnar
  1. Prague

    The Slovak health ministry is investigating a new report that claims that more than 100 Roma (Gypsy) women were forcibly sterilised or coerced into being sterilised in Slovakia over the last 13 years—many in the last five years.

    The report, by the New York based Centre for Reproductive Rights and the Slovak Centre for Civil and Human Rights, says the practice stems from Communist times, when Roma women were paid to have a sterilisation to keep the Roma population down.

    “In almost all cases the operation is not discussed with the woman in advance, but she …

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