Peruvian Sterilization Trial Reopened (2015)

On May 14th, Peru reopened the criminal case against Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian president responsible for a mass sterilization campaign in the 1990s.

Over the course of several years, the Peruvian Ministry of Health sterilized more than 300,000 indigenous women and tens of thousands of men under force or under intense government pressure.

The reopened case is attempting to convict Fujimori of crimes against humanity.

The case was dismissed last year after officials deemed that the prosecutors presented insufficient evidence that the sterilization campaign systematically employed force and coercion.

Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for other crimes.

You can see the results from PRI’s on-the-ground investigation in Peru in the 1990s here:

[29 May 2015, Anne Roback Morse,, Population Research Institute]