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Supporters of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori rally March 29 in Lima, Peru. (Guadalupe Pardo/AP)

In mid-March, Peru’s top court ordered the release from jail of Alberto Fujimori, the country’s former authoritarian president. Fujimori had served about half of his 25-year sentence for human rights abuses committed during his dictatorship in the 1990s.

This was the second time the former president has been granted release. Peru’s leaders had pardoned him in 2017, but a different court overturned that pardon after popular protests. Will similar protests force Fujimori back to jail again?

This is how the two pardons unfolded

Five years ago, Fujimori was pardoned as part of political negotiations between President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, also known as PPK, and Fujimori’s son, Congressman Kenji Fujimori.…  Seguir leyendo »

A woman of the Shipibo-Konibo ethnic group uses a water tap in a community along the Rímac River, in Lima, Peru, in February. (Luis Angel Gonzales/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Under the authoritarian government of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), thousands of Indigenous Peruvian women say they were forcibly sterilized under a family planning program launched to “promote, prevent, cure, and rehabilitate reproductive health to the highest quality”. Nearly three decades later, on Jan. 11, the first hearing on Indigenous Peruvian women who say they were coercively sterilized took place.

How did this happen? To find answers, I collected data through archival research, interviews of human rights experts and victims’ public testimonies. My research finds that the family planning program, rooted in colonial-era discrimination, targeted people of Indigenous descent who were considered to be the “problem factor for economic development” and sought to coercively control the reproduction of this group to help the economy stabilize and grow.…  Seguir leyendo »

Peru’s new interim president, Francisco Sagasti, waves to the crowd in Lima on Monday after he was designated by Congress to lead the nation. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

In just two weeks, Peru’s constitutional crisis has claimed two presidents, and led to widespread social unrest and the deaths of two protesters.

Here is what you need to know.

How the crisis unfolded

Months after a lockdown in March to stem the coronavirus outbreak, Peru now ranks 12th in the world for coronavirus cases. Amid the pandemic, on Nov. 9, Peru’s Congress voted to impeach President Martín Vizcarra on the basis of “moral unfitness”. Over unproven allegations of corruption and in a move spearheaded by the speaker of Congress, Manuel Merino, lawmakers ousted Vizcarra from office.

This was the second time Merino had led an impeachment charge against Vizcarra.…  Seguir leyendo »