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Latest items for FSCB-PRACTICE-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. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (9).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Darling dropped her three sleepy children at her father’s house... and finally, at 7:10 a.m., entered the waiting room of a private clinic in the upscale neighborhood of Sabana Grande, in central Caracas. At 8 a.m., doctors would cut a four-inch incision in her stomach and remove a piece of her fallopian tubes, sterilizing her for life at 21 years old. A 30-minute surgery, which would last forever. But at least Darling knew she wouldn’t end up like her sister Jennifer, just 23 and with five children and no food to feed them" (para 2). "An increasing number of young Venezuelan women are going to extreme lengths not to give...more
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-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about reported cases of involuntary sterilization of women with HIV/AIDS in the State party" (8).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, it remains concerned about...reports of women with disabilities being subjected to forced sterilization and abortion" (12).
Aug. 10, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"(a) That there is no systematic monitoring of the implementation of decree No. 56 and other relevant legislation on the prohibition of forced sterilization; (b) That Roma women are unaware of their rights and the ways to seek redress in the case of sterilizations without informed consent, including those that occurred in the past; (c) That some cases of forced sterilization have been pending in the national courts for long periods, which indicates the inability of the justice system to provide appropriate, effective and gender-sensitive remedies in a timely manner" (10).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"The Committee is concerned about the failure to protect the health, sexual and reproductive rights of women with disabilities and their lack of access to justice, limits on their legal capacity and ability to own property and violence against them, including the practice of forced sterilization" (13-14)
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"The Committee welcomes the progress made by the State party in reducing the high number of abortions in the country, but is concerned at: (a) The stark increase in the use of sterilization as a method of contraception, owing to the unavailability and/or inaccessibility of non -irreversible methods of contraception, and allegations of forced sterilization" (8).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the decisions of the High Court and the Supreme Court of Namibia in the case of Government of Namibia v. LM and Others, in which the High Court found that three HIV-positive women had been sterilized without their informed consent in violation of their rights under Namibian law. The Committee is concerned, however, at the lack of information on the extent of the problem of forced sterilizations of HIV-positive women. It is also concerned at the lack of information on the specific legislative and policy measures taken with regard to sterilization, including the lack of a clear definition of free, prior and informed consent in cases of...more
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. 14, 2017, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"In the second week of November 2014, 18 women died in government sterilisation camps in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh" (para 1)."Wednesday, the day of the week when sterilisation camps are held at community health centres in the district. This camp, therefore, was a routine exercise and well-entrenched in the government health services system. On Wednesdays in Chhindwara, regular hospital check-ups and consultations are closed in order to conduct these camps" (para 2). "Despite being organised in an accredited health centre, unlike the camps held in an abandoned building in Bilaspur or at a school in Bihar, this camp was chaotic... a few auxillary nurse midwives and a female doctor were...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-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. 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"CARACAS, Venezuela — In crisis-hit Venezuela, where raising a family is an increasingly grueling and expensive task, a growing number of young women are choosing to be sterilized.With inflation spiraling out of control, food and medicine supplies dwindling and violent crimes on the rise, women as young as 27 are seeking out surgeons to avoid unwanted pregnancies. A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. 'The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,' he explained"(para 1-3)."'It wasn’t a hard...more
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

“Overall, [in mental health institutions] we found evidence of … forced contraception … conditions differed depending on the type of institution” (para 4).
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Post-mortem examinations of several women who died after surgery at a government sterilization camp last weekend in central India suggest that tainted medications might be to blame, rather than the unsanitary conditions or the assembly-line haste of the operations, a district medical officer said Thursday" (para 1). "The deaths have drawn international attention to the practice, common in India, of offering women cash and other incentives to be sterilized at 'fairs' or 'camps' where surgeons operate one after the other on large numbers of patients. At the Saturday fair, a surgeon was reported to have operated 83 times in one day" (para 4). "One clue pointing to the pills was...more
July 13, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-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 11, 2017, 4:02 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"A high percentage of the [Afghan] women returning from Pakistan, 25 percent, reported that they had been subjected to abortion or sterilization procedures while in refugee camps there. The abortion procedures, performed after 'birth defects' were allegedly detected, included abortive shots, abortive pills and surgical abortions primarily during the third trimester. The sterilizations were all tubal ligations, performed on women who reported to reproductive health workers any history of birth defects" (para 3)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that out of approximately 16,500 cases of sterilization without consent, 70 per cent concerned women and that no efforts have been made by the State party to provide redress such as compensation, official apologies and rehabilitation" (7)
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Two cases of involuntary sterilization of Romani women remained pending in the national courts. In 2011 and 2012, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against the country in three cases of sterilization of Romani women that were performed between 1999 and 2002" (3).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports in 2014 that hospitals refused to give women records of their sterilization performed without their full consent between 1971 and 1991. Such records were required to apply for compensation. Prior investigations showed the majority of forcibly sterilized women were Roma" (16).
March 22, 2017, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: China

"From 1980 to 2014, according to official statistics, 324 million Chinese women were fitted with IUDs. And 107 million underwent tubal ligations or, as is commonly said, got their 'tubes tied.' Local officials were evaluated by their ability to meet targets, leading some to order that the procedures — as well as abortions — be performed by force on women who resisted" (para 11).
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).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"On March 11, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that the Ministry of Health violated the sexual and reproductive rights of two HIV-positive teenagers whom ministry officials forcibly sterilized" (19).
Feb. 8, 2017, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The study found that three of 30 participants in a training project for young women living with HIV said they had been sterilised without their informed consent. In 2012, a Namibian court ruled that state hospitals illegally sterilised three HIV-positive women. The women were presented with sterilisation forms just before or after giving birth, and weren't told what they were signing, the ruling said" (para 24-25).
Feb. 8, 2017, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"But in neighbouring Kenya, where similar cases of forced sterilisation have been reported, a group of women who had undergone forced or coerced sterilisation were helped by lawyers in 2014 to sue the government" (para 30).