Peru Reopens Inquiry Into Forced Sterilisations

By SONJA DECHIAN | Published: NOVEMBER 2, 2011

Peru’s chief prosecutor has reopened an investigation into the forced sterilisation of thousands of women during the 1990-2000 government of Alberto Fujimori.

Human Rights groups say they have evidence more than 2,000 Peruvian women were forcibly sterilised in order to reduce the birth rate among the poor, but they believe the actual number of women affected is closer to 200,000.

The decision to reopen the investigation follows a decision by the Inter American Court of Human Rights that crimes against humanity may have been committed.

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