Slovakia court compensates Gypsy women
- Sorry, the original UPI link to this article is not working but here
is the article:
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A court in Slovakia ruled three
Gypsy women had their human rights violated when prosecutors shelved
complaints about their illegal sterilization.
The Constitutional court ordered the women of the southeastern town
of Kosice to be paid $1,865 each in damages, the Slovak Spectator
weekly reported Monday.
The Gypsy women, two underage, underwent illegal sterilizations
without their consent in a hospital between 1999 and 2002. Since
then, on many occasions, the women appealed to the Kosice
prosecutors' office claiming their human rights were violated, but
were simply ignored.
They went to the Constitutional court that ruled in their favor in
mid-December. The women are also seeking compensation for involuntary
In 2004, the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest published
allegations the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and
Bulgaria were "solving problems" of the Gypsy minority through forced
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> The Constitutional court ordered the women of the southeastern townThank you for the post, Colin. Just to make sure that it's quite
> of Kosice to be paid $1,865 each in damages
clear: the compensation is for the authorities not handling their case
in a timely manner, not for -- as yet still alleged -- sterilizations.
The Slovak courts are notorious for delays, missed deadlines, etc.
Many Slovaks have complained successfully not merely to the country's
authorities, but also to the European Court. Bratislava has already
had to pay tons of money in compensations ordered by Brussels. I
haven't checked recently, but a while back Slovaks' complaints to
Brussels about the courts not handling their cases properly ranked at
the top among the European countries.
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