Czech Republic to continue practice of voluntary castration for sex offenders

The Czech Republic will continue its practice of voluntary surgical castration of sex offenders, Prime Minister Petr Nečas told reporters on Wednesday. The practice, which has come under fire from international human rights groups, was not a violation of human rights and under certain circumstances could be a viable alternative to life-long detention, the prime minister said. He added that such a procedure always requires the approval of the sex offender and that only very few decide to undergo castration. The fact that surgical castration is still an option in the Czech Republic, one of the few countries to conserve it, has been criticized by the Council of Europe.

Author: Sarah Borufka