#ForcedSterilizations
Quecha and Shipibo women who suffered the unpunished crime of forced sterilizations during the second Fujimori government, tell their harrowingly traumatic stories.
from : Melissa Goytizolo
melissa.goytizolo@glr.pe

Introduction

In 1996, during Alberto Fujimori’s second government, a reproductive health and family planning program was launched, in which tubal ligations and sterilization were the preferred methods used to keep poor women from having more children.

From the outset, the media and non-governmental organizations have reported numerous cases of women sterilized without their consent.

For our special Perpetual Sequels,we collected documents,interviewed health personnel and talked with more than 50 women who were sterilized against their will in various Shipibo communities of Ucayali, and populated centers of Cuzco.

LIn their own language, the witnesses tell how they were subjected to tubal ligations without the male nurses and doctors, who mostly did not speak their language, providing information about the surgical intervention. They also claimed that they, or members of their families, had been threatened.

The investigative report Perpetual Sequels provides the Public Ministrywith testimonials that will permit justice to prevail inthis criminal caseagainst humanity.