Forced Sterilisation victims to get their day in court

10 July 2016

After more than 14 years seeking justice, the victims of the forced sterilisation programme in the 1990s might soon have their day in court. Public Prosecutor Marcelita Gutiérrez is due to present the results of her investigation this Monday, 11 July. In May 2015, she was tasked with investigating the wrongdoing that took place at the behest of the regime of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000). The case was reopened in response to pressure from the victims’ associations unhappy with Public Prosecutor Marco Guzmán Baca’s shelving of the investigation in January 2014.

There has been much backpedaling with this investigation since the Inter American Court on Human Rights resolved that the Peruvian government had the duty to investigate what had happened in this case. Three former health ministers (Eduardo Yong Motta, Marino Costa Bauer and Alejandro Aguinaga) could face up to 15 years in jail if eventually found guilty of homicide (homicidio doloso de forma agravada). At least 18 women died and, according to the Ombudsman’s office (Defensoría del Pueblo), more than 2,000 women denounced having been victims of the programme.

For a recent report on the case please listen to this report on the BBC World Service History Hour after the battle of the Somme 10min 30sec into the programme

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