Forced sterilization of indigenous case re-opened in Peru

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The investigation into the forced sterilization of 300,000 indigenous Peruvian women is being re-opened, according to the Public Ministry of Peru. This follow-up effort was announced Jan. 7 and will seek out the program’s administrators. It had been part of the larger case against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who is facing other criminal counts.

Fujimori is awaiting the final disposition of his case in which he is being charged with kidnapping as well as ordering two massacres that resulted in the deaths of 25 people. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison. The original charges against him involved other human rights violations including his knowing supervision of the forced sterilization of indigenous women. The so-called “Voluntary Surgical Contraception” Program was enacted between 1997 and 2000.


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