Peru: Progress Made on Two Human Rights Cases
Peru's attorney general has asked Congress to charge former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) with murder in a high-profile human rights case. That case and several others are working their way through the legal system following the decision by interim President Valentin Paniagua to return to the binding jurisdiction of the Organization of American States (OAS) human rights court.
Earlier this year Peru formally returned to the Inter- American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), based in San Jose, Costa Rica, two years after Fujimori withdrew rather than accept the court's order to grant new trials for four Chileans convicted of terrorism (see NotiSur, 2001-02-16). Under Fujimori, Peru's human rights record was among the worst in Latin America.
On May 23, Attorney General Nelly Calderon asked Congress to charge Fujimori with being a co-author of the Barrios Altos massacre. In the November 1991 attack, masked assailants burst into a party in the Barrios Altos district, a poor Lima neighborhood close to the presidential palace, and opened …
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Publication information: Article title: Peru: Progress Made on Two Human Rights Cases. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: NotiSur - South American Political and Economic Affairs. Publication date: May 25, 2001. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Latin American Data Base/Latin American Institute. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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