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Czech court rules in first-ever case heard on 'coercive sterilisation' of Roma women

14-11-2005 15:11 | Brian Kenety

Helena Ferencikova and her husband Jan always wanted to have a girl. But the young Roma couple's simple dream may never be realised, for in October 2001 -- when she was just nineteen years old -- Mrs Ferencikova was sterilised against her wishes, after giving birth to her second son. On Friday, the regional court of Ostrava stopped short of awarding damages but ruled that the hospital which performed the sterilisation owes Mrs Ferencikova an apology. The court's decision, once finalised in writing, would be the first finding in any Czech or Eastern European court of legal violations concerning the coercive sterilisation of Roma women.  More

Drinks industry representatives meet in Brussels to discuss underage drinking

20-10-2005 15:01 | Rob Cameron

Members of the European Forum for Responsible Drinking - which brings together many of Europe's largest drinks companies - held the latest in a series of conferences in Brussels on Wednesday. Statistics quoted at the forum suggest that Czech children start drinking earlier than children anywhere else in the European Union - on average at the age of eleven. But is the drinks industry part of the solution, or part of the problem? Attending the conference on behalf of Czech spirits producers was David Binar. Radio Prague asked him why he believed Czech children started drinking so early.   More

Government approves national family policy

13-10-2005 14:37 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Republic currently has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, second only to Ukraine and China. Although there are conflicting views as to whether the state should interfere with demographic trends, the government has now approved a national family policy which would make it easier for Czechs to have children and enjoy parenthood.   More

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