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Latest items for FSCB-LAW-1

July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"In May the Spisska Nova Ves district court awarded compensation of 16,000 euros ($19,200) to a Romani woman involuntarily sterilized while giving birth" (p. 2).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"In June an Edirne judge petitioned the Constitutional Court to revoke a provision in the Civil Code requiring the compulsory sterilization of transgender persons prior to the formal gender reassignment, asserting it was a human rights violation. In December the Constitutional Court supported the request and annulled the provision for the case before it. Nonetheless, the sterilization requirement remained in force at year’s end" (page 57-58).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"It is against the 1997 Abortion Law to force any woman to have an abortion against her will" (27).
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Couples and individuals generally had the right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children; to manage their reproductive health; and to have the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. There continued, however, to be periodic media reports that the government directed doctors to sterilize women without their informed consent, purportedly to control the birth rate and reduce infant and maternal mortality. Contacts in the human rights and health-care communities confirmed there was anecdotal evidence suggesting that sterilizations without informed consent occurred, although it was unclear whether the practice was widespread and whether senior government officials directed it" (Pg...more
June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 18).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were reports of coerced and involuntary sterilization. Some women reportedly were pressured to have tubal ligations, hysterectomies, or other forms of sterilization because of the payment structures for health workers and insurance payments for private facilities. This pressure appeared to affect disproportionately poor and lower-caste women. In September 2016 the Supreme Court ordered the closure of all sterilization camps within three years" (40). "The country continued to have deaths related to unsafe abortion, maternal mortality, and coercive family planning practices, including coerced or unethical sterilization and policies restricting access to entitlements for women with more than two children. Policies and guideline initiatives penalizing families with more than two children...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The law, as implemented, requires each woman with an unauthorized pregnancy to abort or pay the social compensation fee, which can reach 10 times a person’s annual disposable income" (54). "The law maintains that 'citizens have an obligation to practice birth planning in accordance with the law' and also states that 'couples of child-bearing age shall voluntarily choose birth planning contraceptive and birth control measures to prevent and reduce unwanted pregnancies.' After the transition to a two-child limit, the available mix of contraceptives shifted from mainly permanent methods like tubal ligation or IUDs toward other reversible methods" (55) "Forced abortion is not specifically listed as a prohibited activity" (56). "The...more
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (34).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were reports government doctors pressured women to accept birth control or employ medical measures, such as sterilization purportedly to control the birth rate and reduce infant and maternal mortality. Contacts in the human rights and health-care communities confirmed there was anecdotal evidence suggesting that sterilizations without informed consent occurred, although it was unclear whether the practice was widespread and whether senior government officials directed it" (26).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the alleged practice of the forced sterilization of women recognized as legally incapable, with the sole consent of their guardian and without their free, prior and informed consent or an impartial examination by a court" (11).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of interference by the government-in- exile in the right of couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of children, to have the information and means to do so, and to attain the highest standard of reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence" (37).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (26).
May 12, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (12).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (16).
April 20, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 12).
April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (12).
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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"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).