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Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Women in Europe


Christina Zampas


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Adriana Lamačkova


Center for Reproductive Rights

March 23, 2012

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Vol. 114, pp. 163-166, 2011

Abstract:     
Human rights provisions in laws set by international treaties and national legislatures make individuals’ informed and freely given consent a precondition to the legality of their sterilization. Nevertheless, evidence shows that sterilizations have been undertaken by forceful means or coerced acceptance, to which women do not genuinely consent. The women are often members of ethnic minorities in their countries, such as Roma women, or adolescent or disabled women. Some European governments have acknowledged their responsibility for human rights abuses by forced and coerced sterilization of vulnerable women, and committees established by international human rights treaties to monitor states’ compliance with their standards are increasingly vigilant to expose and condemn wrongful sterilization. For instance, the committee monitoring compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights provide guidance for the prevention of violations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Abusive sterilization, European sterilization abuses, forced sterilization, coerced sterilization, human rights, Roma women, sterilization, Europe

JEL Classification: I18, K32, K33

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Date posted: March 25, 2012  

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Zampas, Christina and Lamačkova, Adriana, Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Women in Europe (March 23, 2012). International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Vol. 114, pp. 163-166, 2011 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2027937

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Adriana Lamačkova
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