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Proposal Undermines Victims’ Rights

(Washington, DC) – Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra should veto a bill that would grant a conditional release to former President Alberto Fujimori, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, passed by the Peruvian Congress on October 12, 2018, is a thinly…

Human Rights Watch Submits Brief to Rights Court

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Relatives of victims of the guerrilla conflict in the 1980s and 1990s protest outside a court before a hearing on former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's pending trials, Lima, Peru, January 25, 2018. The banner reads: "Fujimori to prison, justice for

Evidence of Torture, Enforced Disappearances, Cover-Up

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Antenor Hoyos Cubas and María Concepción Sagastegui Tapia, with their daughter, at their home in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, May 2017. Soldiers forcibly disappeared the couple’s son Nelson in June 1992.

Financial Crisis Threatens Basic Protections

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A protester holds up a sign next to relatives of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos during a march in Mexico City

Q&A Addresses Labor, Health and Online Expression

(Washington, DC) – The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) economic and trade agreement raises numerous human rights concerns despite unprecedented efforts to address labor issues, Human Rights Watch said today in a new Q & A. The TPP’s rights…
TPP Leaders

Thoroughly Investigate Use of Lethal Force

(New York) – Peruvian authorities should carry out a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the killing of three people during a confrontation between police and anti-mining protesters on September 28, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.…

South American Countries Should Speak Out on Excessive Use of Force

(New York) – Member states of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) should press the Venezuelan government to immediately address the serious human rights problems the country is facing, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to several Latin…

Process Essential to Protect Independence of Key Bodies

(Washington, DC) – Peru should uphold its obligation to respect the independence of the Constitutional Court and the ombudsman by adhering to an impartial and objective appointment process for all candidates to the posts, Human Rights Watch said today. On…

Restrict Use to Offenses Strictly Military in Nature

(New York) – The jurisdiction of Peru’s military courts should be limited to offenses that are strictly military in nature, Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief filed before the Constitutional Court of Peru. In September 2010, former…

Proposed Legislation Undermines Free Speech

The Peruvian Congress should reject a legislative proposal that includes overly broad language to criminalize the denial of terrorist crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. President Ollanta Humala proposed the bill in August 2012. In December, two…

International Law Restricts Pardons for Grave Violations

Arbitrarily releasing former President Alberto Fujimori from serving his full prison sentence for human rights crimes would be incompatible with Peru’s obligations under international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Fujimori has been receiving medical…

Uphold International Norms for Use of Force and Military Jurisdiction

The Peruvian government should act to prevent the unlawful use of lethal force by security forces during crowd-control operations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Ollanta Humala. Fifteen civilians were killed during protests,…