Peru Achieved Significant Advances in Human Rights

By Dialogo
January 09, 2013

Peru made important achievements in human rights, although it is facing challenges for the reparations due to crimes committed during the internal conflict from 1980 to 2000, Jo-Marie Burt, main assessor in the U.S. humanitarian organization Washington Office on Latin America, said on January 5.

“In Peru, there are several challenges still in human rights. This historical agenda – not only the demands for the truth and justice, but also the reparation and memory for the crimes committed during the 80s and 90s,” she told the official agency Andina.

Burt indicated that “even though the reparations to victims of violence and their families have been carried out, the process should be more agile.”

She also recommended that the government “should act to prevent the illegal use of lethal forces during manifestations and social protests.”

She highlighted that Peru has been embracing very important changes in relation to the legal and institutional framework, such as the creating of the Human Rights vice president in February last year.

Shining Path guerrilla movement, whose leaders are in prison, started an armed conflict in 1980, which resulted in 69,000 dead and missing people, according to the final report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.