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Helsinki Committee questions investigation

THE AMERICAN Helsinki Committee is not satisfied with the results of the investigation of alleged illegal sterilization of Roma women, which closed at the end of October. The committee called on the government to thoroughly investigate the case, the daily SME wrote.

In a letter to Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, the committee wrote that the investigation had serious deficits and overlooked some important circumstances of the cases.

Prime ministerial spokesman Martin Maruška said that Dzurinda would inform the authors of the letter, in writing, about the actions the government has taken and is still taking in this case.

The investigation took place following a complaint filed in January by Deputy Prime Minister Pál Csáky.

A media campaign about the alleged sterilization of Roma women in Slovakia started with a report by the New York Centre for Reproductive Rights and the Advisory Service for Civil and Human Rights titled Body and Soul: Forced Sterilisations and Other Attacks on the Reproductive Freedom of Roma in Slovakia. The report alleges that there have been more than 110 cases of forced sterilizations of Roma women in state hospitals in eastern Slovakia since 1989.

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