Namibian coerced sterilization cases go to trial today

June 1, 2010

Three cases challenging the coerced sterilization of HIV positive women in Namibia’s public hospitals are going to trial today in the High Court in Windhoek. We will be providing an update on what happened during the day here as well as on the End Forced Sterilization website. We urge you to visit as the site will be updated regularly with photos and videos from the march that is to take place today in Windhoek as well as peaceful sit-ins at public hospitals throughout Namibia. In addition, there are numerous solidarity protests taking place throughout southern Africa and the world at Namibian Embassies.

The trial is to take place over the next four days. But it is important to remember that the practice of coercive sterilization extends beyond the three women in the case. Indeed, just today media reports indicate the practice is more widespread than previously thought.

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