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THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS PLANS TO DEBATE ON ILLEGAL STERILIZATIONS IN THE PRESENCE OF AFFECTED ROMA WOMEN

Published: 12 / 04 / 2020 11:33

The Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic for Human Rights and National Minorities - based on the initiative of the Public Defender of Rights - planned in November to discuss illegal sterilizations of Roma women and the need to compensate them.

In response to this development, we have sent a request to the committee to discuss this issue in the presence of representatives of illegally sterilized Roma women and our organisation. Our proposal was presented at the last meeting of the committee by its member - member of the National Council (Slovak parliament) - Ms. Jarmila Vaňová.

The committee has complied with our request. It postponed the discussion on this issue to one of its future meetings and plans to invite also representatives of injured Roma women and us from Poradna.

Together with a group of Roma activists, we have long been pursuing justice for all Roma women affected by illegal sterilizations. We are convinced that the personal experience of injured Roma women can explain to the committee in more detail the nature of this practice. For our part, we want to explain to the committee particularly why the judiciary is currently unable to provide victims effective access to justice and proactive approach by the legislative and executive state powers is therefore necessary.