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Latest items for FSCB-PRACTICE-1

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).
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Investigations continued into the 2013 gender-based violence complaint of 60 women in Santa Marta. Ten of the women reported being victims of forced sterilization by armed criminal bands operating in the area" (40).
Jan. 24, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"'I was in a lot of pain and the situation was bad. They told me they were going to clean my womb. They took me to the examination room and asked me how many children I had. I told them I had four,' she said, recalling the events of 2008. 'They were using English. I did not understand what they were saying because I never studied English. They told me they were going to give me treatment. Later when I gained consciousness I saw a dressing on my belly, but because I was in great pain, I couldn't ask questions.' After the miscarriage, Ida tried for some years to get ...more
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Soon after buying her, the [ISIS] fighter brought the teenage girl a round box containing four strips of pills, one of them colored red. 'Every day, I had to swallow one in front of him. He gave me one box per month. When I ran out, he replaced it. When I was sold from one man to another, the box of pills came with me,' explained the girl, who learned only months later that she was being given birth control" (para 4-5). "To keep the sex trade running, the [ISIS] fighters have aggressively pushed birth control on their victims so they can continue the abuse unabated while the women are ...more
Sept. 30, 2016, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"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. The ruling enraged those demanding justice and reparations for the thousands of victims of forced sterilization, who are mainly poor, indigenous women" (para 10-12).
Aug. 23, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the existence of some reforms concerning the status of women in Turkey during the AKP period, there are still some important issues that made advocates of women’s rights criticise the government seriously. The announcement of Prime Minister Erdogan that all Turkish women should have three children can be regarded as various examples of those issues"(para 9)
May 15, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

" Furthermore, the Law guarantees the right of every person to freely decide on giving birth to their children and right of the parent to create opportunities and ensure conditions for their healthy psychological and physical development in the family and society. The State provides conditions for free and responsible parenthood with the measures of social, health and legal protection through upbringing, education and information system, employment policy, housing and tax policy and development of all other activities benefiting the family and its members (Article 7). Particularly important provisions proclaiming equality between men and women prescribe that property relations in the family are based on the principles of equality, reciprocity ...more
April 19, 2016, 10:55 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2009 and 2012 the European Court of Human Rights issued judgments against the Slovak government and in favour of Roma women in Slovakia who had undergone forced sterilisation" (36).
April 7, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"For decades, India has relied on female sterilization as its primary mode of contraception, funding about four million tubal ligations every year, more than any other country. This year, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a major step toward modernizing that system, introducing injectable contraceptives free of charge in government facilities" (para 2). "Officials were also spurred by a medical disaster in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, where 13 women died in 2014 after undergoing tubal ligation at a high-volume government 'sterilization camp'" (para 6). "At a recent sterilization camp about 90 miles west of Delhi, a time-honored system was chugging along. The women here, many of ...more
Feb. 18, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Act No. 2005-15 of 19 July 2005, enshrining the right of women to make their own reproductive health decisions" (14)
Dec. 9, 2015, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned that women with disabilities face sterilization without their free and informed consent, and are excluded from gynecological and breast screening tests" (9)
Nov. 10, 2015, 5:51 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Suspicions of forced sterilization in the Czech Republic, primarily of Romani women, were brought forward by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in 2004. Dozens of women then contacted the Czech ombud" (para 11)
Nov. 1, 2015, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned about reports of practices of coercive sterilization, affecting in particular women with disabilities, women in rural areas and Roma women. The Committee notes with concern that the current Ministry of Health regulation on sterilization specifies mental disability as an indicator for sterilization" (9)
Oct. 25, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania

"The Committee is concerned about the bill intended to restrict safe and legal abortions and the limited access to contraceptives. It is seriously concerned about the provisions that allow forced abortion and sterilization of women with intellectual disabilities without court authorization" (10)