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Latest items for FSCB-LAW-1

Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Significant human rights issues included: ...a coercive birth-limitation policy that in some cases included forced sterilization or abortions" (1-2). "As in prior years, population control policy continued to rely on social pressure, education, propaganda, and economic penalties, as well as on measures such as mandatory pregnancy examinations and, less frequently, coerced abortions and sterilizations" (67). "If doctors find a couple is at risk of transmitting congenital disabilities to their children, the couple may marry only if they agree to use birth control or undergo sterilization" (73).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization" (34).
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 23).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization" (22).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 19).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 16).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 21).
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 21).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 25).
July 15, 2021, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"'Women were coming forward with allegations in 2018 that they’d been sterilized coercively,' Ouellette said. 'They've been told that after giving birth in hospitals, if they didn't agree to sterilization right there on the spot, that they’d have their children taken away and put in foster care.' Yet, he says there have been no criminal charges, licence suspensions, or professional consequences for the doctors involved. 'There have been accusations of genocide by a federal independent commission appointed by the federal government itself,' he said, referring to the final report resulting from the inquiry, a part of which states forced sterilization of Indigenous women was happening as recently as 2019" (para...more
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 16).
June 25, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"When China’s government ordered women in her mostly Muslim community in the region of Xinjiang to be fitted with contraceptive devices, Qelbinur Sedik pleaded for an exemption. She was nearly 50 years old, she told officials. She had obeyed the government’s birth limits and had only one child. It was no use. The workers threatened to take her to the police if she continued resisting, she said" (para 1-2). "Across much of China, the authorities are encouraging women to have more children, as they try to stave off a demographic crisis from a declining birthrate. But in the Xinjiang region, China is forcing them to have fewer, tightening its grip...more
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 17).
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The most recent iteration of this debate happened last year when the Reproductive Healthcare Bill 2019 sponsored by Senator Susan Kihika was proposed to consolidate the 'right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to reproductive healthcare' enshrined in Article 43 of the Kenyan Constitution. Much more ambitious than the 2014 bill that preceded it, this piece of legislation proposed to make prenatal, delivery and postnatal services free for every woman in Kenya, outlaw forced sterilization, regulate surrogacy and provide a more solid framework for sex education" (para 7). "'The bill outlaws forced sterilization'" (para 13).
Feb. 6, 2021, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The news comes as the Chinese government is accused of carrying out 'demographic genocide' against the Uighur Muslim population by allegedly forcing birth control onto local women" (para. 3). "On the other hand, the Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"A 2013 parliamentary inquiry found that women with disability and people with intersex variations are subjected to involuntary and coerced sterilisation. Women and girls with disability continue to be subjected to forced sterilisation procedures. These medical practices persist on the basis of inadequate medical evidence and without independent oversight" (14-15).
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"China is forcibly sterilizing women held in its vast network of “re-education” camps that house political and religious prisoners, survivors have claimed" (para 1). "'Therefore, the Chinese birth control policy of forced abortion and sterilization of Uighur is not a policy of ensuring the overall quality of Uighur population. On the contrary, it is to gradually exterminate them by imposing all the political, economic, and social means and restrictions'" (para 14-15).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities. The Population Control Health Care Bill — drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhist monks with a staunchly anti-Muslim agenda — was passed by parliamentarians last month" (para 1-2). "The population law — which carries no punitive measures — gives regional authorities the power to implement birth-spacing guidelines in areas with high rates of population growth. Though the government says the law is aimed at...more
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:06 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The country already offers income tax exemptions and £7,000 towards a new seven-seat car to mothers with four or more children. And Orban said he was considering extending the offer to families with just three children" (para 4-5). "Hungary announced plans to give income tax breaks and cash towards new seven-seat cars for mothers with four children last February and the policy came into forcec this month" (para 15). "The country is also offering low-interest loans of 10 million forints (£27,286) for women under the age of 40 who are marrying for the first time" (para 16).
Sept. 27, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"In May, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities expressed concern about...forced sterilizations and abortions imposed on women and girls with disabilities" (para 7).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, FSCB-LAW-1

“The couple already have one son. Zhou Junfeng is 10. After Zhou Junfeng was born his mother underwent a state-proscribed procedure to insert a contraceptive coil into her body. She says that this 'forced sterilisation' must have failed, allowing her to fall pregnant for a second time” (para 28-30).
Aug. 19, 2020, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"In November 2018, Fujimori was charged for his alleged role in forced sterilizations of mostly poor and indigenous women during his presidency. The case was pending at time of writing. More than 5,000 victims of forced sterilizations committed between 1995 and 2001 had registered in a government registry, at time of writing" (para 8).
Aug. 13, 2020, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3, FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"In April, the Japanese parliament enacted legislation to compensate people forcibly sterilized under the Eugenic Protection Act between 1948 and 1996. Under the law, approximately 25,000 people were sterilized. In May, a district court in Sendai ruled that the plaintiff’s constitutional right to pursue happiness, including reproductive rights, had been violated under the now-defunct act. The court, however, rejected compensation sought by the plaintiff, citing the 20-year statute of limitations" (para. 5).
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (25).
May 6, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods." (35).
April 24, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods." (34).
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Female sterilization is one of four long-term methods of contraception recommended by the KKBPK Program. This method is mainly intended for high-risk women, that is, women older than age 35, women with more than three children, and women with certain medical conditions associated with pregnancy and delivery. The 2017 IDHS asked women for their age when the procedure was performed. Because the survey includes all married women age 15-49, the experience of sterilized women age 50 and over is not included. The median age at sterilization was age 35, consistent with the program’s recommendation of age 26 or older (Affandi 2011). Four in ten (42%) women were sterilized at age...more
March 18, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

“There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization."
March 18, 2020, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

“The European Court of Human Rights, in the French city of Strasbourg, ruled that the [German] sterilization requirement was a violation of Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights”