Blog Post Week 2

Last year a case was reopened to visit the terrible forced sterilization among thousands of women in Peru beginning in 1996. In 1995, President Alberto Fujimori made voluntary sterilization, also called tubal ligation, a form of contraception to be used to control the population in Peru. Although this was supposed to be something voluntary, many women were not only being heavily pressured by doctors to be sterilized, but were also coming out of labor and anesthesia with the surgery already done without given consent. The President thought of this being a good thing, to conquer poverty by doing this to mostly poor women who couldn’t speak up for themselves.  One specific case involved a death of a woman who was pressured into the surgery, lied to about the amount of children she could have, and then not told of the risks that came with the procedure. As more and more women spoke up, cases began opening up in 2001 and investigations began to look into the policies made by President Fujimori and the doctors who performed the surgeries. Two times the cases were opened and then re-shelved for lack of evidence and the voices of those women who were never heard were once again pushed under the rug. But last year the case was reopened and the government in Peru is taking a serious look this time at what happened, going as far as opening a national registry to find out how many victims there actually are that fell among the forced sterilizations. This human rights case is something that takes away not only the voice of women but the opportunity for them and their partner to give life. Fortunately former President Fujimori is serving time in prison for the injustice, but his daughter is now in the polls for president and she blames the doctors who performed the surgeries and not her father. Despite whose fault it really is, the horror of this was and still is immense and many women lost something that can never be given back to them.

References

Lizarzaburu, J. 2 December 2015. Forced sterilisation haunts Peruvian women decades on. July 14, 2016. Web. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34855804

4 thoughts on “Blog Post Week 2

  1. I absolutely believe that gender groups, including women, men, and the transgender, should be included and protected under the U.N.’s genocide laws. Gender discrimination has been evident throughout history and stories like these are exactly why these groups should be protected. Although events involving gender discrimination are not likely to reach the extent of active extermination, this tragedy classified women by income and showed how the government organized specific treatment for them against their will. I also consider the sterilization of women that the government organized, especially against their will, to be a dehumanizing act that deserves attention from the U.N. I think including gender groups under genocide law would help move the world in a more gender equal direction.

  2. Forced sterilization and genital mutilation have been a serious, human rights issue for some time. It’s practiced more in other eastern countries than in the west, and has had serious consequences as a result. As you said, lots of women have had complications, health issues and even fatalities as a direct result from being coerced or forced into agreeing to get the procedure. In some countries, genital mutilation is enforced as a punishment, or preventative measurement. It’s viewed by most people as a violation of human rights, because majority of the time its something that is forced upon women, and targeting a specific demographic like those in poverty that aren’t seen as ideal to reproduce. Clearly not enough attention is being paid to this issue, or else it wouldn’t have gone on for as long as it did; and I’m sure there are still procedures being carried out in different countries whether they’re legal or not. The ethical standpoint of this says that this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. This type of procedure is life-changing, and incredibly intrusive. The consequences could be fatal, and have shown to be. Some people may agree with the fact that it was intended to help population control, but at what cost?

  3. The right for an individual to bear children is considered one of the most important human rights, and taking one’s ability to have a child away without consent should be considered an extreme violation. The U.N.’s definition of criteria for genocide states genocide is: “killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, forcibly transferring children of the group to another”. Using coercion or force to make a women undergo a serious medical procedure with the intent to eliminate one’s ability to procreate meets criteria of “causing serious bodily harm” and “imposing measures to prevent births within the group”. I would argue that consent cannot legally be given if a women is provided misinformation or intimidated. Without legal consent, the medical procedure should be considered criminal, and any party involved that assisted in committing on influencing the procedure should be held accountable by international law. It appears that this issue singles out people of a specific gender (women) and violates one of the most fundamental human rights. This is a prime example of why revisions need to be made the U.N.’s definition and criteria for genocide, so that it protects groups targeting for his/her gender.

  4. The right to bear children is a controversial topic, especially when a woman is forced or coerced into making such a life changing decision. Women weren’t made aware of the possible health risks involved in this procedure and in turn died, or had health affects afterward. Women’s rights is a very important topic, across nations equality and the fair treatment of women have been questioned. A certain demographic of women, women in poverty who had multiple children already were coerced into making this decision, instead of educating them on their communal tools or other alternatives. Forcing women to be sterile is common in Eastern countries, China also falling victim.
    Forced sterilization can also be a form of population control. When resources fall short and it drastically negatively effects the economy and or leading government measures such as forced sterilization is took. Also in other eastern countries, forced sterilization is form of punishment or incentive.

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