Slovakia apologises for forced sterilisation of Roma women Nov 26, 2021 0 0 12345 Bratislava Slovakia’s government has officially apologised for forced sterilisations of Roma women over decades. The country’s ruling coalition issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the years of human rights violations and apologized to those affected, the TASR state news agency reported. The number of sterilisations can only be estimated but at least several thousand women were affected, the government’s Roma representative said on her official website. According to the government, forced sterilisations were carried out between 1966 and 1989 with the aim of limiting the number of children born to the Roma minority group. But even after the fall of communism, the government admits Roma women were unlawfully pressured in clinics between 1990 and 2004 to agree to sterilisation after having children. Human rights organisations and the Council of Europe have been demanding for years that Slovakia admit to the years of systematic human rights violations against the Roma and compensate the victims. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Haitian premier names new Cabinet as armed gangs challenge his rule Nov 26, 2021 0 0 At least 11 dead in mine explosion in Russia, 46 still trapped Nov 26, 2021 0 0 Merkel stresses German solidarity with Poland on Belarus crisis Nov 26, 2021 0 0 Polish court: Human rights convention clashes with Polish law dpa Warsaw Parts of the European Human Rights Convention are incompatible with the Polish constitution, according to the country’s constitutional court in a ruling on Wednesday that is likely to set up another fight .. UK to ban ads for cosmetic procedures for under-18s London Ads for cosmetic procedures that are designed to change a person’s physical appearance are to be banned from targeting young people under the age of 18 from May next year, the regulator has announced. The new rules .. Britain sees two-decade peak in asylum claims London Asylum claims made in the UK have risen to their highest level for nearly 20 years, according to new figures from the Home Office. The backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with is also at a record high. A total of 37,562 .. EU agency green-lights Covid vaccine for children aged 5+ Amsterdam The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave its approval on Thursday for children aged 5 and above to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus - making it the first to be green-lighted in the .. EU moves to tighten political advertising rules on social media dpa Brussels The European Union could soon ban targeted online political advertising using sensitive personal data without user consent under new European Commission proposals published on Thursday. “Elections ..