MINELRES: ROMEA: Historic verdict: Court awards compensation to a Romani woman for sterilization for the first time

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Historic verdict: Court awards compensation to a Romani woman for
sterilization for the first time

Ostrava, 12.10.2007, 17:05, (ROMEA/CTK)
http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=detail&detail=2007_561 

Today the Regional Court in Ostrava awarded compensation of CZK 500 000
to a 30-year-old Romani woman, Iveta Cervenakova, for having been
sterilized against her will. Ostrava City Hospital is to pay the
damages. Jana Kolackova of the League of Human Rights informed Romea.cz
of the decision. According to Kumar Vishwanathan of the Vzajemne souziti
(Life Together) civic association, this is most likely the historically
first case of compensation being awarded to a woman who was sterilized
against her will. Holubova was sterilized 10 years ago. "She was not
sufficiently informed and did not even learn she had had such surgery
until seven years later," Vishwanathan said.

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