Two women sterilized without knowing receive compensation

07-01-2010

On Thursday, the Supreme Court in Prague ruled that two women, who were sterilized without their knowledge, should receive hundreds of thousands of crowns in compensation. According to the League of Human Rights, the doctors who sterilized the two patients were trying to prevent serious health complications but didn’t offer them the chance to make a decision about their own health. Under the communist regime and even into the late 90s, women predominantly of Roma origin were sometimes sterilized against their will and the Minister of Human Rights and Minorities Michael Kocáb said that new measures will prevent such incidents from happening in the future.