Uzbekistan's government has denied reports that the country has had a secret program to sterilize women to control birth rates.
Responding to the claims, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry called the government’s family-planning program a model for other states not only in Central Asia but around the world.
International human rights groups and some Western media have accused the Uzbek government of practicing a state policy of forced sterilization to control the birth rate in the impoverished country.
Uzbekistan, with a population of almost 30 million, is the most populous country in Central Asia.
Basd on reporting by Jahon and AFP