EU country apologizes for forced sterilization – RT World News

Slovakia has apologized for the forced sterilization of women under communist rule and over the next decade, condemning the practice that aims to regulate the birth rate of the socially disadvantaged Roma people.



On Wednesday, the government passed a resolution condemning the practice of forced sterilization and apologizing for the actions of the previous administration. “The government condemns sterilization as a means of regulating the birth rate of the socially disadvantaged, which took place mainly among Roma women,” According to Germany’s DW News, the text of the resolution reads.

This practice has been going on since 1966 and continued even after the fall of the communist regime. was part of a series of force measures taken against the policy “citizens of gypsy origin,” and with the aim of doing “Reduce the Unhealthy Population” By sterilizing women. This practice continued till 2004.



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Official documents suggested that the state intended to tackle health issues among the Roma community, however, modern research claims that sterilization is often under pressure, accompanied by dangers, and without a proper understanding of the meaning of the procedure.



Andrea Bakova, the government official for the Roma community, said in a statement, condemned Historical human rights violations. “What the previous government was able to do with respect to Roma women is unacceptable,” he said that “Regulating the population of any minority or group is tantamount to the methods of the Nazi regime.”

Bakova said it was extremely worrying that these practices continued until 2004, long after the fall of the communist regime.

Although the actual number of victims is unknown, Bakova suggested it was well into the thousands. In 1987 alone, some 1,823 people were sterilized, the statement notes.

He said the government’s decision to apologise was right and the next step would be to compensate those who have been victims of the practice.

According to EU statistics, marginalized Roma communities make up 9% of the population of Slovakia. His exclusion from wider society was highlighted in September when Pope Francis visited the infamous Lunik IX slum in Kosice.

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