MM v. Peru (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)


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Filing date: Petition filed in April 1998

Country/Region: Peru/LAC

Plaintiff(s): MM

Center Attorney(s): , Luisa Cabal and Lilian Sepúlveda


Summary: MM, a 19-year-old Peruvian woman, was drugged and then raped by a public health service doctor when she came in for medical services. After filing a criminal report immediately thereafter, the woman was subjected to mistreatment and discrimination by the criminal justice system. The accused was acquitted. The Center, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM), and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on behalf of this woman. The Peruvian government entered into a friendly settlement in 2000 in which the government paid compensation to the victim, agreed to work to professionally sanction the accused, agreed to improve legal and administrative measures involving sexual violence claims, and admitted responsibility under international law for the violation of this woman's human rights.