On Monday (2) 67 women born in Greenland filed a claim seeking compensation to Denmark for forcing them, when they were teenagers, to receive an intrauterine device. Without your consent,As part of a secret campaign.
Each plaintiff is asking for 300,000 crowns (about 211,000 Brazilian reals).
In the late 1960s, Denmark adopted a contraception policy to limit the birth rate in this Arctic region, which, although no longer a colony since 1953, was still under Copenhagen’s control.
In 2022, a series of podcasts based on the National Archives and broadcast by Danish radio and television DR revealed the scale of this campaign.
Denmark and Greenland, which in 2009 gained the status of an autonomous region, are reviewing their previous relations.
The investigative committee formed last year is expected to publish the results of this investigation in 2025. But prosecutors want quick compensation.
“We don’t want to wait for the results of the investigation,” said psychologist Naga Lieberth, who led the initiative. He stressed: “We are getting older, and the eldest among us, who had the device installed in the 1960s, was born in the 1940s, and is now approaching 80 years old.”
In the 1960s and 1970s, the device was implanted in about 4,500 young indigenous Inuit people without their consent or the consent of their families, and many of them were not aware they had it.
See below a video from 2019, when then-US President Donald Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland.
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