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March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Intense pressure to meet birth-limitation targets set by government regulations resulted in instances of local family-planning officials using physical coercion to meet government goals. Such practices included the mandatory use of birth control and the forced abortion of unauthorized pregnancies. In the case of families that already had two children, one parent was often required to undergo sterilization . . . Enforcement of the population control policy relied on education, propaganda, and economic incentives as well as on more coercive measures. Those who had an unapproved child or helped another to do so faced disciplinary measures, such as having to pay social compensation fees, job loss or demotion, loss of...more
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Held as slaves, Da’esh fighters subjected them and other captured women and girls to repeated sexual violence, forced marriages, and coerced abortions" (para 93).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (9).
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013" (4). "Defectors reported that the state security officials subjected women to forced abortions although it was done for political purposes and not population control" (19).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Article 17 of that law prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother. However, in the case of pregnancies less than four months, abortion is permitted in the following two cases: (a) if continuation of the pregnancy poses definite and serious harm to the mother’s health; (b) if the fetus will be born seriously damaged by physical deformity or mental defect that cannot be cured, and only on condition that both parents agree to the abortion. An abortion must be performed in a Government hospital by decision of a medical committee composed of three specialists, at least one of whom specialises in gynaecology and obstetrics" (53-54).more
March 1, 2019, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Australia

"McDonald supports center-left policies she says will foster equality and boost social services. She wants to end Ireland's abortion ban…" (para 21).
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: Ireland

"McDonald supports center-left policies she says will foster equality and boost social services. She wants to end Ireland's abortion ban…" (para 21).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus

"The most significant human rights issues included torture; . . . allegations of pressuring women to have abortions; trafficking in persons; and suppression of independent trade unions" (1).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (26).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (11).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Couples and individuals have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children and had the means to do so free from discrimination, coercion, or violence" (page 29).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the alleged practice of forced sterilization of a woman recognized as legally incapable, with the consent of her guardian and without her free and informed consent" (Pg 15).
Oct. 3, 2018, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"The government has made other moves in response to declining birthrates, which, according to state estimates, stands at 1.8 children per woman, below the 2.1 needed to replenish the population as people die. Last year, the state banned vasectomies and permanent forms of birth control in women. Officials such as Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have publicly called for Iranians to have more babies to repudiate 'undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles'" (para. 10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee is further concerned about reported cases of involuntary sterilization of women with HIV/AIDS in the State party" (8). The report does not indicate if these practices are considered legal or are happening "under the table" at the state level (AA-CODER COMMENT).
June 30, 2018, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"The government will spend 500 billion rubles ($8.6 billion) over three years on measures to encourage Russians to have more babies, including mortgage subsidies and payments to new and growing families, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets told reporters Wednesday in Moscow. The money will come from government reserves and won’t require changes in the budget, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told the upper house of parliament. The welfare program’s being rolled out a day after Putin told officials at a Kremlin meeting that Russia must do more to support new parents and create “additional incentives for the birth of the second and third child” in families to counter a looming demographic...more
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1, ACR-LAW-1

"Couples and individuals have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children, manage their reproductive health, and had the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence" (18).
April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned that women with disabilities face sterilization without their free and informed consent" (8)
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The persistence of gender reassignment treatment targeting transgender persons, including involuntary medical treatment, such as hormonal or surgical sterilization, and the costs associated with such treatment" (Pg 14).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Cases of forced sterilization of women with disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS" (Pg 10).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"The Committee takes note of the fatwa that was issued in January 2014 by the Department for the Rendering of Formal Islamic Law Opinions in Decision No. 194 (2014/2) prohibiting the sterilization of girls with disabilities and stipulating society’s responsibility for girls with disabilities. Nevertheless, the Committee remains concerned about reported cases of compulsory or voluntary sterilizations of women with disabilities that are not for medical reasons, performed by the families of women and girls with mental disabilities. The Committee is further concerned that the law protecting women with mental disabilities from forced sterilization has not yet been adopted" (Pg 16).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama

"Couples and individuals generally have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence"(17)
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) strongly condemns the statements of the two MPs addressing women. The first MP released a statement calling for female university students to undergo mandatory virginity tests and to submit what proves their virginity. He added that this virginity test should be conducted every year as a condition for the female university students to get their university ID. He claims that this procedure will reduce ‘urfi marriage. After few days another MP announces that he is currently working on a draft law calling for female students at the vocational schools to undergo mandatory virginity tests as well, using words that are abusive for all...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia

"In one hospital in Ingushetia, several cases of alleged criminal negligence, including instances in which women lost their babies and reproductive organs and one woman died, have been reported, most recently in September 2015. Investigations have so far led nowhere. In Dagestan, three women reportedly died in a hospital in the town of Kizilyurt in the last couple of months, relatives claim as a result of criminal negligence. Earlier this year, the death of a woman in the maternity ward of Dagestan’s Khasavyurt brought hundreds of protesters into the streets and ended up in stone throwing and disturbances.Most of these crimes are punishable under Russian law. Yet, Russia is not...more
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The State paid them Rs.1,100 each for undergoing sterilisation while the 24,000 women who underwent sterilisation were paid Rs.880 per person" (para 4). "most women who opt for sterilisation, mainly from low-income groups, seek counsel of other women" (para 6).
July 13, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

``I.V. v Bolivia concerns the involuntary sterilization in 2000 of an immigrant woman from Peru in a public hospital in Bolivia during a caesarean section. In its first case alleging forced sterilization and indeed, its first case on informed consent to a medical procedure, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights struck at the heart of such practices by addressing underlying causes of such violations: gender discrimination and stereotyping.The Court held that the State violated the woman’s rights to personal integrity, personal freedom, private and family life, access to information and rights to found a family, and to be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to the dignity of...more
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that under the Eugenic Protection Act, the State party, through the Prefectural Eugenic Protection Committee, sought to prevent births of children with diseases or disabilities and, as a result, subjected persons with disabilities to forced sterilization" (7)
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The law does not permit voluntary sterilization" (18).
March 22, 2017, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"A few months after Lu Qiumei gave birth to her daughter in 2012, local officials visited her home and told her that she was required to be fitted with an intrauterine device. For more than three decades, this was national policy in China. The IUD was the government’s most important tool for limiting couples to one child, and almost all new mothers were required to get one" (para 1-2). "Now, a year after abandoning the 'one-child' policy, the government is hoping to make it up to Ms. Lu and millions of women like her — by removing their IUDs, free of charge" (para 4). "China began demanding that women be...more
March 1, 2017, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Peru

"Other participants in the march were families and victims of forced sterilizations carried out under the government of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000). In 2002, a parliamentary investigation commission estimated that more than 346,000 women were sterilised against their will between 1993 and 2000. In late June, the public prosecutor’s office ruled that Fujimori and his three health ministers were not responsible for the state policy of mass forced sterilisations, and recommended that individual doctors be charged instead" (para 10-11).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3, FSCB-LAW-1

"Saddam Hussein’s regime embraced a strong pronatalist ideology since its inception in 1979. High fertility was encouraged through various economic incentives, including childbirth cash bonuses and family allowances (Faour 1989). The 1981–1988 war against Iran and the Iranian superiority in population size led Saddam Hussein to further intensify the country’s pronatalist approach, with the aim of accelerating population growth. Major restrictions on access to contraception were put in place, and penalties for performing illegal abortions were increased. Family planning services provided by the Iraqi Family Planning Association and the private sector were reserved exclusively for medical reasons (United Nations 1987; Efrati 1999). Only in the aftermath of the 1990–1991 Gulf...more