Ostrava, Budapest, 6 March 2012: The European Roma Rights Centre, the Group of Women Harmed by Forced Sterilization and Life Together sent a letter today to welcome the Czech Government’s Human Rights Council recommendation to compensate forcibly sterilised women.
The NGOs are calling on Czech authorities to grant compensation to all potential victims of unlawful sterilisation in the Czech Republic, irrespective of their age, ethnicity, nationality or the particular period when they were sterilised. A robust compensation mechanism from the Czech Republic could be a benchmark of good practice for other countries in the region, such as Hungary and Slovakia, which also have a history of carrying out forced sterilisations.
On 17 February 2012, the Council passed a decision urging the Czech Government to introduce a compensation mechanism for victims of involuntary sterilisation. It proposes that women who were subjected to forced sterilisations between January 1972 and May 1991 be entitled to compensation. Women who were sterilised illegally after 1991 would also be entitled to compensation if they were unable to sue in civil court before the three-year statute of limitations expired.