Female Sterilization

Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan by Natalia Antelava (Open Society Foundation Policy Report, October 2013) (PDF, 1.21MB)
This investigation into an alleged government sterilization program in Uzbekistan has uncovered a pattern of ongoing, systematic forced sterilizations that have affected tens of thousands of women across the country and appears to have intensified in recent years. According to overwhelming testimonial evidence, for the past 13 years the Uzbek government has carried out a program to sterilize women of reproductive age. The program is not based on ad hoc decisions of individual hospitals, but rather is a centrally-regulated policy with the apparent aim of controlling population growth.

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