On October 20, 2011, Harvard European Law Association hosted a meeting with Ms. Barbora Bukovská – HLS LL.M. graduate of 2005, who explained her battle for Roma women’s rights and practice of forced sterilization in Slovakia. To learn more about the phenomenon, we invite you to watch a document film available on youtube: Forced Sterilisation – Slovakia
Barbora Bukovská, LLM ’05, is currently Senior Director of Law and Policy at the London-based human rights organization Article 19. A founder of the Czech Republic’s first legal clinic, in 2001 she founded the Centre for Civil and Human Rights in Kosice, Slovakia, where she led efforts to eliminate the practice of forced sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia, as well as other human rights abuses. Currently, she is representing a group of Roma women who were forcibly sterilized by Slovakian authorities in their case before the European Court of Human Rights.