Andean Parliament to investigate forced sterilizations in Peru

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Representatives of the Andean Parliament will begin an investigation into the forced sterilizations committed under the Fujimori regime today.

Andina news agency reports that Peru’s representative in the body, Hilaria Supa, announced earlier this week that a delegation of Andean delegates would travel to the southern sierra of Perú in order to gather information about the sterilizations.

The Peruvian criminal investigation into the allegations that Fujimori ordered doctors to engage in a sterilization campaign that willfully negated victims’ reproductive rights was recently closed. Fujimori and his former Minister of Health Alejandro Aguinaga and top-ranking officials Marino Costa Bauer and Eduardo Yong Motta were accused of ordering the involuntary sterilization of 300,000 women, most of whom were poor, rural, indigenous women. State prosecutor Marco Guzman cited a lack of evidence that the sterilizations were systematic as a reason for abandoning the case. Victims’ groups have urged for further investigation.

According to Andina, the investigators from the Andean Parliament will include Hilaria Supa, who has long been involved in activism surrounding the case, as well as fellow Peruvian Alberto Adrianzen. The Peruvian delegates will be joined by Silvia Salgado, Cecilia Castro, and Pedro de la Cruz of Ecuador; Gloria Florez and Luisa del Rio from Colombia; and Fidel Surco of Bolivia.

Andina reports that the group plans to compile a report on the issue that will be given to the Peruvian government upon its completion. Group’s goal is to compile a report on the forced sterilizations of women during the Fujimori regime.

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Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.