Greece's legislation on forced sterilisation

Legislation about (forced) sterilisation

Forced sterilisation is not allowed in the Greek legal framework.

The National Confederation of Disabled People of Greece (NCDP) noted that there are no legal provisions protecting girls and women with disabilities against forced medical intervention such as sterilisation.

There is no special criminal provision for forced sterilisation, but the act is considered as serious bodily harm intentionally committed punishable with five to ten years of imprisonment. Other provisions are also included in Law 3896/2010 on the principle of equal treatment of Men – Women and Law 4604/2019 on the Promotion of substantive gender equality.

Data related on the matter

According to the National Confederation of Disabled People of Greece, there is no official data on forced sterilisation, however, this does not mean that the practice does not exist in Greece.