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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted two resolutions relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights, despite vocal and powerful opposition from some of the Council's political groups. Resolution 1945 (2013) requires a total ban on coerced sterilisation or castration, which are currently mainly directed against transgender people, Roma women and convicted sex offenders. The Resolution bans any further procedures. The Assembly recommended adequate redress for victims of recent and future coerced sterilisation or castration, including support and financial compensation to victims and prosecution of bodies that break the ban. The Assembly has also passed two resolutions (1948 and 2021) on tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Assembly strongly condemned recent legislation on prohibiting "homosexual propaganda" in Russia and a similar draft law in Ukraine. (1)

(1.) PACE Adopts two groundbreaking Resolutions relevant to SRHR. European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development News, 28 June 2013. http://www. relevant-to-srhr/ {deletethisline}

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Title Annotation:Round Up: New development paradigms post-2015
Publication:Reproductive Health Matters
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Nov 1, 2013
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