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  • Women demand justice for forced sterilizations in Lima, Peru, July 27, 2016.

    Women demand justice for forced sterilizations in Lima, Peru, July 27, 2016. | Photo: Twitter/ @lamula

Published 11 January 2021
Opinion

At least 244,234 Indigenous women were irreversibly sterilized as part of Alberto Fujimori's family planning policies.

The Peruvian Attorney General's Office on Monday will present charges against former president Alberto Fujimori, his health ministers, and other former officials over the forced sterilizations of thousands of women from 1996 to 2000.

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The hearing, which will be presided over by Judge Rafael Martin, will begin at 9h30 local time and will be broadcast on social networks through the Justicia TV account.

The forced sterilization case opened 22 years ago. Finally, the Interior Ministry will sustain the complaints of thousands of victims for the State practices.

"This is the first massive criminal trial for forced sterilizations that takes place in the country. The legal process must be free of political interference. Those responsible must be punished," attorney Milton Campos said.

The Judicial Branch will investigate the crime of forced sterilization as a crime against humanity, and it will decide on the reparations for those who were harmed by Fujimori's policies.

"The process also must be impartial so that victims are not discriminated against or re-victimized. Authorities must guarantee an investigation with promptness, gender perspective, and inter-culturalism," attorney Maria Cedano added.

The hearing will have a real-time translation into the Indigenous language of the victims' families and survivors.

Former health ministers Eduardo Yong, Marino Costa, and Alejandro Aguinaga will be judged as co-authors of crimes against humanity. Officials Segundo Aliaga, Enrique Marroquin, Magda Gonzales, and Ulises Aguilar will be tried for the case of Mamerita Mestanza, a deadly victim of forced sterilization.

In Peru, during Fujimori's government, 244,234 women and 20,693 men were irreversibly sterilized amid the national family planning policies (1996-1999). Currently, 1,321 women continue seeking justice.

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