Denmark apologies to abuse agelong victims

Denmark apologies to abuse agelong victims

The Danish government yesterday offered an apology to thousands of people with disabilities who were abused in state-run facilities, including with forced sterilisations or sexual assaults, beginning in the 1930s.

According to researchers who studied their cases, From 1933 to 1980, around 15,000 children and adults with disabilities, including blindness, epilepsy and physical or mental handicaps, were reportedly committed to the centres for various periods of time, amid claims of protecting society,

Danish law according to report imposed sterilisations for psychiatric patients from 1929 to 1967, and until 1989, they had to obtain permission from the authorities to marry.

An inquiry ordered by the previous Danish government in 2020 found a series of abuses at the centres that also included violence, psychological and sexual abuse, and serious flaws in medical treatments.

Social affairs minister Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theilt told a group of around 50 victims from the period in the western city of Horsens that the state had an obligation of oversight, and did not sufficiently do its job.

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