BBC Assignment: Forced Sterilisation in Uzbekistan

April 17, 2012

Produced by the BBC World Service

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(Photo by Natalia Antelava)
Hundreds of Uzbek women have been surgically sterilized without their knowledge or consent in a program designed to prevent overpopulation from fueling unrest.

In a government effort to control the population, women in Uzbekistan are being sterilized -- often without their knowledge. Many women have fled the country to escape the practice. The BBC Assignment's Natalia Antelava details the plight of Uzbek women in her documentary, Forcible Sterilisation In Uzbekistan.