Slovakia apologized for forcing women to be sterilized under the communist regime and for the next decade, and condemned the practice aimed at regulating the birth rate of socially disadvantaged Roma.
On Wednesday, the government passed a resolution condemning the practice of forced sterilization and apologizing for the actions of the previous government. “The government condemns the use of sterilization as a means of regulating the birth rate of socially disadvantaged groups, which mainly occurs among Roma women,” According to a report by the German “Deutsche Welle”, the text of the resolution is written like this.
This practice can be traced back to 1966 and continues to exist after the fall of the communist regime. This policy is part of a series of military measures taken against the country. “Citizens of Gypsy descent,” And aims to “Reduce the unhealthy population” By sterilizing women. This practice continued until 2004.
Official documents indicate that the state intends to address health-related issues in the Roma community. However, modern research claims that sterilization is usually carried out under pressure and threat, and the meaning of the procedure is not properly understood.
In a statement, the government’s Roma community officer Andrea Buckova, condemn Historical violations of human rights. “What the previous regime did to Roma women was unacceptable,” She said and added “Regulating the population of any minority or group can be comparable to the methods of the Nazi regime.”
Bakova pointed out that it is extremely worrying that these practices continued until 2004, long after the fall of the communist regime.
Although the true number of victims is unknown, Bakova said there are already thousands. The statement stated that in 1987 alone, 1,823 people were sterilized.
She said that the government’s decision to apologize was correct, and the next step would be to compensate those who were victims of this practice.
According to data from the European Union, marginalized Roma communities account for 9% of the population of Slovakia. In September, when Pope Francis visited the notorious Lunik IX slum in Kosice, they were excluded from the wider society.
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