Our achievements

  • in 2003, we documented a longtime practice of forced and coerced sterilization of Roma women without their consent or informed consent in Slovakia and published a report Body and Soul;
  • we achieved a positive amendment of a domestic health care legislation concerning the sterilization and access to a medical record and a notion of “ informed consent”, which until then was not revised in the Slovak legislation;
  • in 2009, we won a case K.H. and Others vs. Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg on behalf of eight aggrieved Roma women who were denied access to their medical record – it was the first decision of the European Court concerning the access to the medical record, where the court established standards to be applied in each member state of the Council of Europe and awarded damages to each woman;
  • on a regular basis, we provided information concerning a practice of forced and coerced sterilizations of Roma women to the International human rights institutions of the UN or/and the Council of Europe;
  • on behalf of the sterilized Roma women, we filed complaints against hospitals and the Slovak government with the Slovak courts and with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg;
  • we achieved a positive decision by the Slovak courts in favor of forcibly sterilized Roma women, including an award of financial compensation;
  • in 2011, we achieved the first landmark decision concerning this practice, V.C. vs. Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg on behalf of forcibly sterilized Roma woman, where the court established a responsibility of the Slovak government for violation of human rights of the affected woman;
  • in 2012, we were successful, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg in other cases of forced sterilizations of Roma women without their informed consent, N.B. vs. Slovakia a I.G. and Others vs. Slovakia, where the court established again a responsibility of the Slovak government for violations.