The judicial investigation into reproductive health policies pursued by the Fujimori regime in the mid 1990s is being resumed. However, on 7 January, La República ran a story in which some of those who underwent forced sterilisation accused the public prosecutors (fiscales) assigned to take their testimony on their cases of treating them badly.
Women from the community of Colquepata in Cuzco noted in a letter addressed to the Attorney General that the public prosecutors Wendy Calero Espino and Óscar Chávez Ayvar had stopped them from giving testimony and of mistreated them. The prosecutors have rejected charges of discrimination. The women in their testimony to La República claimed that the public prosecutors had accused them of trying to profit from possible compensation. They said that their testimonies had been cut short and that they had been asked to sign statements that were incomplete.
The issue of the forced sterilisation during Alberto Fujimori’s second term in office continues to be a hot topic as the presidential campaign gathers strength. Keiko Fujimori claims that the Humala government is using the matter as a political weapon to discredit her. In the 2011 elections, the issue was central to her defeat in the second round. After more than four years in office, the government has only now introduced a procedure for victims to register their names. Although judicial investigations against the perpetrators of sterilisation have twice collapsed, a formal case may well be presented in the next couple of months.