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Forced Sterilizations

The Chief Prosecutor of Peru has recently reopened investigations into the forced sterilization of over 300,000 women during President Fujimori’s tenure in office. (Article here

First; The forced sterilizations occurred in the 1990s-2000. Here is clearly a case of “waiting” for justice, while some measure of peace/transition occur. According to the video at al Jazeera many women have been continuously petitioning the government for some form of recognition for many years, and the case is just being taken up again now. If looked at as a case study, could this be applied to examinations of the ICC? And the question of whether the ICC should ‘wait’ or intervene in on-going conflicts? Or are the situations entirely too dissimilar? (i.e. international scale vs. domestic)

Second; Arguably one of the major benefits of the ICC is that it gets States to align their codes of law. It is currently setting international precedents about gender based crimes and child soldiers. Have their yet been any signs of these precedents being referenced domestically? If the Chief Prosecutor of Peru does choose to reference the legal precedence of prosecuting crimes against gender as a crime against humanity, what effect would that have on the ICC? (Perhaps further legitimize it’s work?)

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