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Haunted by 1990s Forced Sterilizations, Peruvian Women Pin Hopes on Court Hearing

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A 25-year legal battle by thousands of indigenous Peruvian women who say they were forcibly sterilized during a 1990s birth control drive will go before a judge on Monday, January 11th, raising hopes they could finally see justice, their lawyers said.

About 350,000 women were sterilized under a program launched in 1996 by former strongman President Alberto Fujimori, who has said the procedures were carried out with patients’ consent and aimed to tackle poverty by cutting birth rates.

But more than 2,000 women have told rights groups and prosecutors they . . .

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