Mentally ill Zambian women forcibly sterilised
Sterilisation is the process of having a medical operation to make it impossible to have children.
United Nations Special Rapporteur, Catalina Devandas, said the forced operations were widespread at the Chainama Hills Hospital in Lusaka and
the General Hospital in Ndola.
Ndola, where persons with psychosocial disabilities are deprived of their liberty without their informed consent, are subjected to seclusion and
forced treatment, including forced sterilization of women with
Other major challenges encountered by the independent expert are in the area of access to justice.
The human rights expert also drew attention that the situation of persons with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities wasof particular concern.
The deprivation of liberty on the basis of disability remained an accepted practice in Zambia.
She nonetheless welcomed the efforts undertaken to draft a new Mental Health Bill.
The UN expert highlighted numerous initiatives by the Zambian authorities to improve the protection framework for persons with disabilities, including the strengthening of the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the production of a National Disability Survey, and the significant efforts undertaken to make its social protection framework inclusive of persons with disabilities.persons with psycho-social disabilities are confined in remote areas of the country, and to invest instead in adequate and comprehensive .
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