NGOs claim women are being intimidated

THE TWO NGOs whose recent report alleged that over 100 Roma women in eastern Slovakia had been sterilised without consent now claim that the women in question are being intimidated by law enforcement authorities.

According to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights and Košice-based Centre for Civil and Human Rights, the women are being told that they could be imprisoned for up to three years if they make a false accusation.

The NGOs are also furious that the office of Deputy Prime Minister Pál Csáky has filed a criminal complaint against the authors of the report.

However, one author said that the deputy premier and the police are proceeding correctly, noting that if the accusations of forced sterilisations are fabricated, then they will have significantly damaged the reputation of many medical staff and hospitals mentioned in the report.

The author called on Interior Minister Vladimír Palko to set up a special inquiry to prove or disprove the allegations as soon as possible.

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