"We are committed in spread your voices. It is lamentable that 24 years have passed, and that there is no political will to do justice," IACHR official Stuardo Ralon said.
During the meeting, representatives of Peru's Association of Women Affected by Forced Sterilization (AMPAEF) explained the impact that the sterilization policy of ex-President Alberto Fujimori (1995-2000) had on their physical and mental health.
"Presidents who followed Fujimori have denied the political responsibility of these inhumane acts. Our files have been archived for 20 years," victim Maria Mogollon said.
Currently, 1,321 women continue to pursue the legal process of seeking justice against a policy that infringed their rights. Yet, the number of victims is larger.
In Peru, 244,234 women and 20,693 men were irreversibly sterilized as part of national family planning policies (1996-1999). These forced surgical procedures were denounced as violations of human rights in Indigenous populations.
"It has been a 24-year-long journey. It is terrible that there is no recognition that it was a crime, that it was not our fault, that we were forced to be sterilized. We don't want to wait another 20 years," victim Maria Carbajal added.