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We write to bring you another great successful story, as reported below, from this honorable Human Rights Watch in helping to achieve a greater global justice.
April 9th, 2009
As I’m sure you have seen in recent news, the former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, was found guilty by the Peruvian Supreme Court on charges involving serious human rights violations. After years of evading justice, Fujimori is finally being held accountable for some of his crimes.
For a decade, from 1990 to 2000, the Fujimori government used bribery, extortion, and intimidation to concentrate power in the presidency, subverting the democratic process and eliminating checks on government abuses. In the trial, Fujimori was convicted of the killings of 25 people in two massacres in 1991 and 1992, carried out by a specialized squad of military intelligence officers. Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher Maria McFarland was in the courtroom for the ruling’s announcement.
In 2005, Human Rights Watch released a report that documented Fujimori’s abuses and presented evidence linking him to the perpetrators, helping build a case against him. We are proud that our report contributed to this important verdict. The court’s ruling is important because it demonstrates the crucial role an independent national tribunal can play in addressing past human rights abuses, even against a former head of state.
The landmark decision is part of a global trend of increasing accountability for former heads of state and other high-level abusers. Human Rights Watch is playing a leading role in seeing this change through, with the help of our supporters. And make no mistake – it is your support that enables us to expose the truth and apply pressure, bringing about the kind of deep rooted change that promotes global justice.
Peru: Fujimori Verdict a Rights Victory
Q & A: Trial of Former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru
Report Cover @ HRW 2009
Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori enters a courtroom at the Special Police Headquarters in Lima. January 23, 2008.
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