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Parliamentary questions
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23 May 2012
Question for written answer E-005236/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR) and Martin Kastler (PPE)

 Subject: Funds under the Seventh Framework Programme for forced sterilisation in Namibia
 Answer in writing 

A recent report by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS details cases of forced sterilisation of women with HIV/AIDS in Namibia. Some women were put under pressure by doctors and medical staff who required consent to sterilisations as a precondition for receiving caesarean sections. Others were given the sterilisation agreement form together with other documents without appropriate explanation. In all documented cases a clear explanation of the sterilisation process was lacking. An official investigation by the Namibian Government determined that hospitals and clinics accused of human rights abuses followed all required procedures. Furthermore, the government has not introduced any outright ban on forced sterilisation.

In 2009, Namibia received funds under the Seventh Framework Programme (budget line 08 02 01, Cooperation and Health). The grant recipient was EquitAble, a four-year programme to provide universal and equitable access to healthcare for vulnerable people in poor resource settings.

Can the Commission indicate whether there are links between the EquitAble programme and the Government of Namibia?
Can the Commission demonstrate that EquitAble does not work in the clinics and hospitals where cases of sterilisation lacking true consent were identified?
Can the Commission demonstrate that EquitAble was not involved in the sterilisation of women without true consent?

 OJ C 173 E, 19/06/2013
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