Forced sterilizations: no report until after elections

15 February 2016

The results of the judicial investigation against former president Alberto Fujimori and his three health ministers responsible for the forced sterilisation programme in the mid 1990s were due to be submitted on 10 February. Instead the investigation has now been extended for a further 150 days, ensuring that the results will not be available until after the election campaign is over.

So far at least 2,074 women were sterilised without informed consent, and at least 18 died due to complications. The public prosecutor has so far taken 1,626 witness testimonies in Huánuco, Huancavelica, Moquegua, Cuzco, Piura, Tumbes and Lima, and 316 are due to be taken in Iquitos. As we have reported previously, women have said that they have been mistreated while giving testimony; they are now demanding that the investigation be carried out as swiftly.

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