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Note to the attention of the Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, in relation to the draft report on “Putting an end to coercive sterilisations and castrations”, 17-18 November 2011

, N° d'index: IOR 61/014/2011

Forced or involuntary sterilisation raises serious human rights concerns, particularly with regard to the rights to bodily integrity, health, privacy, family life, and discrimination (including the right to decide on the number and spacing of one's children). It is difficult to imagine any likely context in which either forced or involuntary sterilisation would be justified. The only caveat would be in a situation where a person's life is in imminent danger and that person is incapable of giving consent to the procedure.

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