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Sanctioned Cruelty: Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture
Location:OSI-New York
Event Date:December 7, 2011
As part of the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Open Society Foundations will host a special screening of the Center’s new short documentary, Sanctioned Cruelty: Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture.
Documenting experiences of women from Slovakia, Chile, Kenya, the Philippines, Peru, and the United States, the documentary examines the grave physical and psychological harms that result from torture or ill treatment in the provision of reproductive health services. The short film demonstrates how these reproductive rights violations constitute torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.  
We will be joined by Felice Gaer, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee against Torture.
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Kate Meyer at or 917-637-3659.
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The Dark Side of Protection: Forced Sterilization of Women with Disabilities
Tirza Leibowitz
December 2, 2011
Women are sterilized without their knowledge or consent on various fallacious grounds. In some cases, proponents defend this practice as necessary to protect women. Nowhere is this argument invoked more than in the case of women with disabilities.
VC v Slovakia: A Step Toward Justice for Roma Women
Christina Zampas
November 18, 2011
Advocates scored a major legal victory when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that forced sterilization is a violation of the right to be free from torture or inhuman and degrading treatment. This groundbreaking judgment is a step forward for efforts to bring justice to the potentially thousands of Roma women who were sterilized without their consent in Central and Eastern Europe.
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