Slovakia apologizes for forced sterilization of Roma women

Kronen Zeitung: Slovak government apologizes for decades of sterilization of Roma women … This is reported by the Kronen Zeitung.

According to the newspaper, in the adopted statement, the country's four-party coalition condemned the violations of the rights of the Roma population and apologized to all the victims. Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called this decision “the first important step” towards compensation for victims of Bratislava politics.

According to Cabinet reports, forced removal of the uterus of Roma women was practiced in Slovakia from 1966 to 1989. the aim of limiting the number of children from disadvantaged ethnic minorities. At the same time, after the fall of the communist regime in the period from 1990 to 2004, women were persuaded to agree to sterilization after the birth of a child. European Union human rights organizations have repeatedly called on Bratislava to pay compensation to the victims.

On March 18, it was reported that the Czech Republic would pay Roma women compensation for a forced operation to remove the uterus. Each victim will receive a payment of approximately 12 thousand euros. Between the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of Roma women living in the Czech Republic were forcibly sterilized.