Doctors from the hospital in Gelnica who sterilised a minor Roma girl without her consent in 2001 did not act with malice, their actions were not racially motivated and the sterilisation was not part of any organised policy, the TASR newswire wrote about a verdict by the European Court for Human Rights.
On June 12, the European Court ruled on a complaint filed by the sterilised girl against Slovakia, with the information being published on the Justice Ministry's website.
The young woman was sterilised at age 17 without her full and informed consent, a fact upon which the European Court awarded her compensation of €25,000 and payment of €5,000 for her lawyer. Lawyer Vanda Durbáková said "this case represents another significant development in our long-term effort to secure compensation for Roma women sterilised in Slovakia against their will” as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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