Fujimori’s Forced Sterilization Program: The Cry for Justice

Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori took control over Peru with a coup in 1992. Fujimori accomplished this coup, also known as the Autogolpe, by abolishing the Peruvian Congress and the Peruvian Judicial Branch. By doing this, Fujimori took control over the three branches of the Peruvian government. After he took control, Fujimori carried out a series of social programs that committed several human rights violations. One of the most shocking initiatives was a sterilization program that affected thousands of Peruvian women. After years of social movements advocating for justice, Fujimori is close to going to jail.

Between 1995 and 2000, more than 300,000 women were sterilized without their consent in Peru. These statistics while they are not exact, they are shocking. Alberto Fujimori campaigned this program as a “family planning” initiative. According to him, this initiative would address the nation’s high levels of poverty. However, his real objective was to decrease the number of indigenous people in Peru.

For more information, “Is Justice close for 300,000 Victims of Forced Sterilization in Peru?” by Telesur.

After Fujimori’s dictatorship came to an end, a group of activists started a movement to create awareness of Fujimori’s human rights violations and to force Fujimori to face justice. This movement is confirmed by the victims of this horrible crime and by young Peruvian females that carry the slogan, “we are the daughters of the campesinas that you couldn’t be sterilized.”

The New president of Peru, Ollanta Humala ruled out the possibility of a pardon for Fujimori. More than 300,000 women are still waiting for justice. Fujimori would receive his sentence in the upcoming months.


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