Target: Pablo Sánchez Velarde, Attorney General of Peru
Goal: Bring charges against those responsible for the forcible sterilization of 2,074 women.
The Peruvian government was set to address the forced sterilization of thousands of women during the 1990s and early 2000s nearly two decades after the fact–until it let the deadline pass without taking any action. Sign our petition and demand justice for the women whose lives were irrevocably altered by unwanted medical procedures.
Under Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s former president-cum-dictator, thousands of women–some reports say up to 300,000–were forcibly sterilized. Poor and indigenous women were disproportionately affected by this inhumane policy, and sterilized women have come forward with reports of being lied to, threatened, and even physically restrained.
Peru’s government vowed to investigate these accusations and bring charges against those responsible, but it has closed the case several times. The latest iteration of its investigation was set to bring charges against those responsible for the sterilizations of 2,074 women, but the state-set deadline passed without any charges being brought–or indeed, any notable action being taken at all.
Forced sterilization violates a number of human rights principles and is a barbaric and unnecessary practice. It deprives woman of the ability to control their own bodies, determine the sizes of their own families, and make their own decisions regarding their health. In some cases, women even died during the procedure.
An entire generation of Peruvian women has been robbed of its rights and had its dignity trampled upon. The Peruvian government owes its citizens justice for the wrongs they have suffered. Sign the petition and demand that the investigation go forward despite the missed deadline.
Dear Attorney General,
I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the Peruvian government’s lack of response to the forced sterilizations of thousands of women during the 1990s and early 2000s. Forcibly sterilized women deserve justice, and justice should not be dictated by arbitrary government deadlines. I urge you to continue your investigation into those who perpetrated forced sterilizations among Peru’s women regardless of the fact that the deadline for charges has passed.
Peru’s women were greatly dishonored and disrespected by former president Alberto Fujimori’s program of forced sterilizations. Women have reported being lied to, tricked, and even physically restrained to get them to undergo the procedure. This is a clear violation of international human rights standards, which state that people should have control of their own bodies and health decisions.
The sterilizations disproportionately affected poor and indigenous women, creating further hardships and trauma for these already-marginalized groups. I urge you to do what is right–continue investigating who was responsible for the irrevocable alteration of these women’s lives.
[Your Name Here]
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