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PERU: Talks Fall Flat; Indigenous Protests Rage On

By Milagros Salazar

LIMA, May 14 (IPS) – The Peruvian government resumed talks with indigenous groups after a violent crackdown on protests left 10 injured and around 20 under arrest. But the dialogue has not yet brought results, and the demonstrations against decrees that affect indigenous lands and the rainforest continue, while a state of emergency remains in place in several Amazon regions. Continue reading PERU: Talks Fall Flat; Indigenous Protests Rage On

Historic ruling against impunity

Latin America Press

Ex-President Alberto Fujimori found guilty of human rights crimes, setting a legal precedent for the world.

Elsa Chanduví Jaña Victims´ family members applauded the 25-year sentence for Fujimori. (Photo: E.CH. J.)
Elsa Chanduví Jaña Victims´ family members applauded the 25-year sentence for Fujimori. (Photo: E.CH. J.)

The 25-year prison sentence Peru´s Supreme Court handed ex-President Alberto Fujimori on April 7 is a turning point for both this country and the world.

Fujimori, 70, is the first former head of state convicted for crimes against humanity by a court in his own country, and for many, this verdict is key to fighting impunity.

“The Peruvian judiciary is starting to recover its credibility after it turned its back on the people for 20 years,” Francisco Soberón, president of the Pro-Human Rights Association, or APRODEH, told Latinamerica Press, referring to the two decades of internal violence Peru suffered from 1980-2000. “It shows the world that the Peruvian justice system can try, judge and convict ex heads of state with all the guarantees of due process and right to defense.” Continue reading Historic ruling against impunity

Peru awaits final legislation on biosecurity

Latin America Press

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Julio Evaristo follows a family tradition of saving his seeds to ensure his family´s food supply.”

Julio Evaristo is literally one with his roots. The 42-year-old is the third in a line of intrepid farmers who save the seeds of their Andean crops, securing a food supply for their families for several years.

But Peru is now poised to finalize a nearly decade-old biosecurity law, and experts, including the newly-inaugurated Environment Ministry, say that the country is not institutionally prepared to ensure agricultural and consumer safety when it goes into effect.

Evaristo´s crops – 2-foot plants of chocho (a white bean), colorful tubers like potato, oca and olluco; wheat and carrots – are dwarfed by the ice-covered peaks of Peru´s Cordillera Blanca. Continue reading Peru awaits final legislation on biosecurity