Forced sterilisation: Doctors face probe

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Activists demonstrate outside the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi in April demanding that the government increases funds to support Kenyans living with HIV/Aids.

What you need to know:

  • A study by the African Gender and Media Initiative (AGMI) reports the cases of 40 women who claim to have been sterilised without their permission.
  • Forced sterilisation is a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute and perpetrators are prosecuted under the International Criminal Court provisions.
  • Kenyatta National Hospital, which is among the institutions mentioned in the report, denied any of its doctors has sterilised Aids patients without their consent.

Doctors in government and public hospitals are being investigated after a study claimed that they are sterilising women with HIV without their knowledge.

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