Friday, June 20

Truth Commission in Washington to underscore report

Washington Post 60,000 May Have Died in Peru Violence, Panel Says: "The truth and reconciliation commission was created in 2001 to investigate abuses committed largely by Peru's security forces and the Shining Path rebel movement. Shining Path and another rebel group were crushed by an anti-insurgency campaign under then-President Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s. Commission members interviewed about 1,000 imprisoned Shining Path members, including their leader, Abimael Guzman, as well as military officers, some of whom acknowledged human rights abuses. The commission also conducted televised hearings in which some of the thousands of victims described atrocities and torture, both by Shining Path and by members of the Peruvian armed forces." I'm struck by how shallow the Post's article is. I don't know whether it's because the reporter didn't have enough context to understand the issues or whether the Truth Commission didn't have anything signficant to say from its 18,000 witnesses. Maybe it was a combination of both. See this more complete verison of the AP story via IndieMedia.

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