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Court hears claim of forced Roma sterilization

 Slovakian lawyers watches judges entering Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France.  Europe's huma...
 Slovakian lawyer B. Bukovska speaks Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Europe's human right...
 Slovakian lawyer Valery  Durbakova prepares to speak Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Eur...

France Roma Sterilizations

Slovakian lawyers watches judges entering Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Europe's huma...

France Roma Sterilizations

Slovakian lawyer B. Bukovska speaks Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Europe's human right...

France Roma Sterilizations

Slovakian lawyer Valery Durbakova prepares to speak Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Eur...

Europe's human rights court is hearing a Roma woman's case alleging that she was wrongly and forcibly sterilized by a state hospital in her native Slovakia because of her ethnicity.
The European Court of Human Rights opened the hearing Tuesday in the eastern French city of Strasbourg regarding the complaint of the woman who was identified only as "V.C." against Slovakia's government.
The court said the woman, who was born in 1980, was sterilized through tubal ligation after giving birth in 2000 to her second child.
Sterilization was a semiofficial tool under Communist governments in Hungary and Czechoslovakia to limit the population of Gypsies, or Roma, whose large families were seen as a burden on the state. The practice ended only in recent years, long after the fall of those regimes.


Updated : 2021-06-25 18:38 GMT+08:00