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tv   Forced to Face Sterilisation  BBC News  April 18, 2021 8:30pm-9:01pm BST

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producing, is because lewis, who is producing, is a southampton fan, but according to the bbc sport website, southampton didn't have a single shot on target all game. and in a semifinal! anyway, leicesterwon all game. and in a semifinal! anyway, leicester won 1—0. time now for a look at the weather with nick. hello, a bit of rain today for parts of scotland and northern ireland, but it will become mainly dry overnight, but we will keep some areas of claudia, although eastern scotland will turn clearer. through the night it will be mainly clear in england and wales, but some areas of low cloud and mist and fog pushing into the north sea across parts of eastern england. where you are clear tonight, a chance of frost going into the morning, but book where you have the cloud temperatures will be a good few degrees above freezing. the best of the sunny spells and ease tomorrow, but in western counties the chance of some rain moving on in the afternoon, outbreaks of rain for scotland and the western isles and the far north—west of the mainland, while elsewhere mist and fog will clear from the eastern england and plenty
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of sunshine for eastern, southern scotland, across england and wales. breezy rain, light winds elsewhere and there may be a very slight chance of an isolated shower in south—east england, most away from the rain in the north—west will stay dry, with warm sunshine. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. millions enjoy the first weekend since england's
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lockdown was eased — but concerns as health officials confirm 77 cases of the indian variant across the uk. the organisation representing nhs trusts in england says it will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog caused by the pandemic two russians suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent poisonings, are now accused, over a czech arms depot explosion, in 2014. the czechs, for example, in the past until quite recently have been quite reticent about basically picking a fight with moscow. and it's quite interesting now the czechs have pivoted and they're being very, very robust in their response. the government says it will examine any recommendation made by the inquiry, into the lobbying row, involving david cameron. angerfrom the premier league and uefa as reports suggest the �*big six' in england have signed up to a new european super—league. now on bbc news...a
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special programme looking at involuntary sterilisation research suggests forced, coerced, or involuntary sterilisations have been seen in at least 38 countries around the world in the 21st century.
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these are such growths and such inhumane, and so degrading. and we should not be allowing this, whether it's in law, in policy or in practice, to continue. according to un aids in 2019, south africa has the biggest hiv epidemic in the world. 7.5 million south africans are living with hiv. zishilo was diagnosed with hiv when she was pregnant with her third daughter.
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zishilo claims she was sterilised in 201! when giving birth in hospital.
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the hospital where zishilo gave birth says that before going into labour, or medical records document that she consented to being sterilised during her caesarean section.
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zishilo says she hopes to have more children and she claims she was forced to consent because she is hiv positive. in response to our request for comment, the hospital where zishilo gave birth said that because she had had to previous caesarean sections in its standard practice for them to suggest women alleged to be sterilised after a third. due to the increased health risks of multiple caesareans. they told us... in our top story this hour of the commission_ in our top story this hour of the commission for— in our top story this hour of the commission for gender- in our top story this hour of the i commission for gender equality... enforced _ commission for gender equality... enforced state _ commission for gender equality... enforced state sterilisation - commission for gender equality... enforced state sterilisation of - enforced state sterilisation of hiv—positive women stop mac she's one of a0 women featured in a report about gender equality published in
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2020. the standard procedure in any care, and we are talking specifically about people who are pregnant, is that in those months leading up to the birthing process itself there should have been some discussion around contraception. what happens with many women is that they've alleged that when they were in the hospital because they were hiv positive all of them are black, most of them are from a rural area. they were forced or coerced into signing a consent form to agree to a sterilisation but also in terms of intervention a sterilisation is only an emergency intervention, and that's a problem in this case is that's a problem in this case is that many of the women, the first time they heard about sterilisation was that birthing process in the emergency when they themselves, as a patient, were in much pain but also having the anxiety and worry about
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their unborn foetus.— having the anxiety and worry about their unborn foetus. everyone wanted to share her — their unborn foetus. everyone wanted to share her story _ their unborn foetus. everyone wanted to share her story after— their unborn foetus. everyone wanted to share her story after hearing - to share her story after hearing about the report. she claims she was forced to consent to sterilisation in her mid—20s during an anti—natal visit when she was eight months pregnant. zanele claims she was sterilised in 2015 when giving birth to her first child. sterilised in 2015 when giving birth to herfirst child. she's sterilised in 2015 when giving birth to her first child. she's asked sterilised in 2015 when giving birth to herfirst child. she's asked is not to share her real name.
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we live in a society where hiv is a chronic, manageable disease and many people have gone on to have multiple pregnancies and birds with children where they remained hiv negative and they risk remain healthy. forced sterilisation of women has been characterised as discrimination and violence against women. in response to zanele's allegations _ violence against women. in response to zanele's allegations the _ to zanele's allegations the spokesperson for the regional department of health told us they are prohibited by law from commenting publicly on patients confidential medical records without written consent. the spokesperson also added their records are extremely contrary to zanele's
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allegations. after she was sterilised, zishilo said she found it hard to tell her family. when she didn't become pregnant again her partner became suspicious. since 200a, transgender people in japan have been legally able to change their gender identity. of the law requires those who want to change their gender on the family register to be sterilised.
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zishilo and zanele say they still suffer from the trauma years after their alleged sterilisations.
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the n60 her rights initiative has been ranging online support groups for women to meet and share each other�*s stories. but campaigners say little has been done by south africa's health authorities since the report was published in february 2020. the south african _ published in february 2020. tue: south african health published in february 2020. tte: south african health system and the government probably is failing the women, the department itself is yet to accept and acknowledge publicly that this gross violations have been done under their watch.
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it's just sad that there's this apathy and lethargy when it comes to this important report after it was launched. fist this important report after it was launched. �* ., ., ., , launched. at a parliamentary meeting in november — launched. at a parliamentary meeting in november 2020, _ launched. at a parliamentary meeting in november 2020, south _ launched. at a parliamentary meeting in november 2020, south africa's - in november 2020, south africa's health and minister spoke about the issue of. , ., ,., , health and minister spoke about the issue of. , ., _ ., issue of. there is no policy that would allow _ issue of. there is no policy that would allow any _ issue of. there is no policy that would allow any woman - issue of. there is no policy that would allow any woman to - issue of. there is no policy that would allow any woman to be l issue of. there is no policy that| would allow any woman to be as forcibly— would allow any woman to be as forcibly sterilised for any reason. allegations or complaints referred to marry— allegations or complaints referred to many years ago for which a lot of records _ to many years ago for which a lot of records are — to many years ago for which a lot of records are not available. and a lot of individuals who could have been
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in the _ of individuals who could have been in the service at that time may no longer— in the service at that time may no longer be — in the service at that time may no longer be around, or retired, passed away— longer be around, or retired, passed away or— longer be around, or retired, passed away or maybe not remember much about— away or maybe not remember much about what — away or maybe not remember much about what happened. the commission did find that in — about what happened. the commission did find that in fact _ about what happened. the commission did find that in fact a _ about what happened. the commission did find that in fact a lot _ about what happened. the commission did find that in fact a lot of _ about what happened. the commission did find that in fact a lot of the - did find that in fact a lot of the women were forced into having sterilisations, some of them were coerced into sterilisation and the paperwork which had the patient files were missing so there could be no objective measure to say if informed consent was given, and even those were the forms within. there was not enough information about what was discussed and for many women that did not understand how permanent this sterilisation procedure was. in my capacity as the special report on the right to health, to remind states that they have an obligation to conduct fair and effective investigations of these reports. they have to prosecute perpetrators and provide effective remedies and competition for all victims of such practices
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and also provide legal aid to. since and also provide legal aid to. since a secial and also provide legal aid to. since a special case _ and also provide legal aid to. since a special case law— and also provide legal aid to. since a special case law was _ and also provide legal aid to. since a special case law was implemented in japan a special case law was implemented injapan in 200a, over 7000 people have legally change their gender. this is one of them. he officially changed his gender in 2011. kento inoue officially changed his gender in 2011.
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in 200a, when japan's in 200a, whenjapan's gender recognition law came into force, many other countries including germany, france and sweden also required trans people to be sterilised or infertile before they were legally recognised. but since then, many of these countries have passed laws removing sterilisation and infertility as a requirement for legal gender recognition. in 2017, the european court of human rights ruled that sterilisation as a legal requirement for gender recognition
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violates human rights. un special rapporteur on the right to health is urging countries to drop compulsory sterilisation as a requirement for legal gender recognition.- legal gender recognition. these -rocesses legal gender recognition. these processes and _ legal gender recognition. these processes and these _ legal gender recognition. these | processes and these procedures legal gender recognition. tch processes and these procedures are wrong. they do not have a place in human rights. in fact, they have been classified as discriminatory and they happened in the context of and they happened in the context of a society, societies that are hyper sexualised and really only focused on genitalia as if that is the only determinant that gives people a right to be who they are. japan's ministry of justice japan's ministry ofjustice told
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us... he and his girlfriend second child was born in 2021, he's not a legal guardian of either of their children. many other countries around the world still require sterilisation for legal gender recognition. zishilo and zanele say they will continue sharing their stories. south africa's ministry of health has not responded to the bbc�*s request for comment. since the launch of the report, her rights
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initiative say 33 more women have come forward sharing similar stories. some areas today have been basking in warm april sunshine, but not everywhere. a weak weather front across scotland and northern ireland, producing more cloud than england and wales. a little bit of patchy rain. in england and wales, there has been plenty of sunshine. another dry day. this weather system sitting to our west, overnight it will take the rain away from scotland and northern ireland before bringing it back in later on monday and into tuesday. overnight, despite the cloud, it will become mainly dry. parts of eastern scotland will turn clearer, with a england and wales, plenty of clear skies. some low cloud, mist and fog in parts of eastern england, but when it is clear, a chance of frost
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going into the morning. with cloud, temperature is well above freezing. that will be north—west scotland tomorrow. some rain into the western isles, perhaps into the far north—west of the mainland and western counties of northern ireland. the best of sunshine in northern ireland will be on eastern counties. england and wales, low cloud and mist and fog clears away from eastern parts. plenty of sunshine and the chance of an isolated shower in south—east england. and it will feel warm in that sunshine. as we go monday into tuesday, outbreaks of rain start further east into scotland, through northern ireland. mainly dry in england and wales. some low cloud, mist and fog pushing into parts of eastern england, generally those temperatures are higher into tuesday morning. so just an isolated frost possible. then on tuesday researcher nudge this area of cloud, and it has to be said, not very much rain, very slowly away from scotland and northern ireland with clear skies following on behind. more cloud than in recent days and the slight chance of picking up a shower, but still feeling warm. turning colour and include where they're pushing into northern scotland. is this weather front works its way
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southwards, barely any rain going into wednesday, another area of high pressure coming into settle things down once again. somewhat cooler air introduced, these are your temperatures later in the week. not far away from average to stop still the chance of a touch of frost in places overnight. if you are looking for some rain, you're going to be disappointed, much of the week ahead is dry.
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