Forcibly sterilised Czech women to receive financial compensation

The Czech Senate has approved financial compensation for thousands of Czech women who were unlawfully forced to undergo sterilisation between 1996 and 2012. The women are set to each receive CZK 300,000 once the legislation has been signed into law by the president.

Many of the women concerned were from the country’s Roma minority. In some cases they were coerced into signing consent forms while they were in labour or were recovering from Caesarean sections.

Thursday’s vote followed a long campaign for justice for the victims.

Author: Ian Willoughby