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Summary The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran gangs who prey on deportees and Salvadoran authorities who harm deportees or who do little or nothing…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Justice for past abuses is a leading human rights concern in Peru. While authorities have made some progress in holding accountable those responsible for some abuses committed during its 20-year armed conflict (1980-2000), most perpetrators continue to…
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(Santiago) — Following the arrest today in Santiago of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, the Chilean authorities must ensure that extradition proceedings are carried out fairly and expeditiously, Human Rights Watch said. Fujimori, who governed…
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Government Must Implement More Effective Witness-Protection Program

(Lima, Peru) — An attempt to kill a key witness in an upcoming torture trial highlights the Peruvian government’s failure to provide adequate protection for those planning to testify against military officers, Human Rights Watch said today. The shooting…
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(Washington D.C.) - The Peruvian government must take immediate steps to protect a threatened witness in a key torture prosecution, Human Rights Watch said today. Luis Alberto Ramírez Hinostroza has been a critical witness on military torture in the 1990s…
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The second reign of MILTON OBOTE as President of Uganda (1980-1985) is thought to have even exceeded the brutality of the Amin era. Estimates of civilians killed by Obote's forces in the Luwero triangle around the capital, Kampala, range from 100,000 to…
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(Washington, DC) - The Peruvian government has failed to reform the country's draconian and much-criticized anti-terrorism legislation, Human Rights Watch said in a backgrounder released just prior to U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Peru. Human…
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Since the collapse of the corrupt Fujimori government in November 2000 the human rights situation in Peru has improved significantly. During Fujimori's last term in office (1995-2000), Vladimiro Montesinos, the de facto head of the National Intelligence…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…
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Dr. César Gaviria Secretary General Organization of American States 17th and Constitution Avenue Washington, DC 20006 Dear Mr. Secretary General: I write to express Human Rights Watch's deep concern about your intervention to secure political asylum…
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Panama Should Prosecute Former Peruvian Spymaster for Torture

(New York) - Human Rights Watch today wrote to Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, urging her to deny political asylum to Vladimiro Montesinos, the former Peruvian spy chief. The former head of Peru's National Intelligence Service (Servicio de…
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The Honorable Janet Reno   Attorney General of the United States   U.S. Department of Justice   950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 4545   Washington, D.C. 20530-0001     Dear Madame Attorney General:   Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned that your…
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Otherwise, Lima Summit Gives Fujimori "Undeserved Prestige"

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno should use her presence in Lima next week to insist that Peru fully restore independence of the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. Reno's attendance at the justice ministers' meeting "will provide President…
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Peru continues to violate human rights as part of central government policy. Recently there has been a strong decline in the numbers of extrajudicial executions and disappearances committed in the course of government counterinsurgency operations in the…
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In the past few years, the human rights panorama in Peru has brightened considerably because of the decline in the massive "disappearances" and extrajudicial executions that has accompanied reduced political violence. Despite this positive trend, however…
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Throughout the world, thousands of children are used as soldiers in armed conflicts. Although international law forbids recruiting children under fifteen as soldiers, such young children may be found in government armies and, more commonly, in armed rebel…