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Sweden: Forcibly sterilised transgender people to sue government for compensation

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  1. GulliverUK 24 Jun 2013, 4:52pm

    Damn right too, it was a total violation of their human rights. Sometimes the only way to make the point that this must never, ever, happen again is to hit the government hard where it hurts – and I don’t mean the money, I mean their pride and reputation.

  2. I agree with the poster above.

    The sterilisation of transgender people was the last remnant of a massive long-running and wide-ranging eugenics programme in Sweden which made it second only to Germany under the Third Reich when it comes to the numbers of victims involved. Shocking to think that it continued unabated for decades after the fall of Nazi Germany.

    In fact, way back in 1999 a BBC report on Sweden’s eugenics programme revealed:

    “Two years ago, an investigative reporter uncovered the policy carried out between 1936 and 1976 of forcibly sterilising women considered socially unfit.

    They included women released from prison, the mentally ill, people with learning difficulties, the poor, epileptics, alcoholics and women of “mixed racial quality”. ”

    Unbelievable to think that it’s taken this long to end such a policy. I’m pretty sure there are surviving officials who probably deserve to be publicly tried for these crimes against humanity.

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 26 Jun 2013, 9:31am

    A 100 % I agree with GulliverUK and Katie ! This debate is just now actual in Norway- so Sweden is a bit in front of us. You cant change your name judicially-if you are a transgender person-and wants a name “belonging to the opposite sex” without having a sterilisation.. It is medieval nonsense by our authorities.

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