Date: Tue, 9 Sep 97 08:29:37 CDT
From: email@example.com (Brian Hauk)
Subject: Sterilization case rocks Sweden
Margot Wallstrom, Sweden's social affairs minister, announced
August 28 that a special commission will investigate allegations that
up to 60,000 women were forcibly sterilized through government
programs for over 40 years to create a
stronger Swedish race.
Stockholm admitted that a policy of
ethnic cleansing was
launched in 1935 and involved women with learning difficulties or from
non-Nordic ethnic backgrounds. The Swedish government paid $6,289 in
compensation to 16 victims in the past 10 years.
In Norway, meanwhile, the health ministry acknowledged some 2,000 men
and women who had mental illnesses or were poor went through a forced
sterilization program between 1934 and 1976. Oslo denied charges that
40,000 women were forced to undergo sterilization experiments of
racial cleansing sciences.