Deputy PM claims information on forced sterilization of Roma untrue

According to a complex report that Deputy Prime Minister Pál Csáky plans to submit to the cabinet, reports of the forced sterilization of Roma women in Slovakia have not been proved, daily SME reports.

Csáky says that the claims of the authors of the publication "Body and Soul," who talked about several cases of forced sterilization in Eastern Slovakia, were not based on truth.

The "Body and Soul" report, published by the Centre for Reproduction Rights in New York and the Office for Civil and Human Rights in Košice on January 28 of this year, presented the findings of about 140 cases of alleged sterilization of Roma women in eastern Slovakia.

In 2001, a consultant of the Open Society Institute (OSI), Ina Zoon, reported illegal sterilization in Slovakia in her documents for the European Commission.

In May 2003, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko reported that the investigation has not proved illegal sterilization or accusations of genocide.

The investigation team of the Health Ministry discovered that all patients sterilized between 1999 and 2002 signed a document requesting their sterilization. All requests were reviewed and approved by the relevant sterilization committee.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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