Forced Sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia

From the Center for Reproductive Rights:

Romani women in Slovakia continue to be subject to grave violations of their human rights, particularly their reproductive rights, even though a communist-era law offering monetary incentives for sterilization has been rescinded. A three-month fact-finding in late 2002 by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Poradna pre obcianske a ludské práva (Centre for Civil and Human Rights), a Slovak human rights organization, reveals that not only do coerced and forced sterilization practices continue in Slovakia, so too does the widespread abuse and discrimination against Romani women in the country’s maternal health services. We conducted extensive interviews with more than 230 women in almost 40 Romani settlements throughout eastern Slovakia, the region with the highest concentration of Roma.


The interviews revealed numerous instances of coerced, forced and suspected sterilization of Romani women, along with physical and verbal abuse, racially discriminatory standards of care, misinformation in health matters, and denial of access to medical records.

Download the full report on the Slovak government’s response to reproductive rights violations against Romani women here in pdf

The Slovak Government’s Response to Reproductive Rights Violations against Romani Women: Analysis and Recommendations

This detailed paper summarizes the government of Slovakia’s response to Body and Soul: Forced Sterilization and Other Assaults on Roma Reproductive Freedom in Slovakia, as of May 15, 2003. It also provides recommendations on further action the Slovak government must take. It begins with a summary of the findings of Body and Soul and key developments since the report’s launch. It then describes international support for the report, details flaws in the government’s investigation and ends with a discussion of ongoing civil proceedings.

Serena Sebring - last update: December 4, 2007

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