World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Hatun Willakuy Shares Findings of Peru’s Truth Commission

New Edition of Hatun Willakuy Shares Findings of Peru’s Truth Commission, Aimed at Wider Audiences


NEW YORK, May 23, 2014 — Three human rights groups have joined together to publish a new English edition ofHatun Willakuy, a book presenting the abridged findings of Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on its tenth anniversary. The book, which is available online for free download, will allow a larger number of readers to benefit from the findings of Peru’s truth-seeking process.


The collaboration was undertaken by the Center for Civil and Human Rights of the University of Notre Dame, theInstituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and theInternational Center for Transitional Justice.


Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in June 2001 as a part of the country’s transition to democracy, after 20 years of armed violence and 8 years of authoritarian rule, which saw widespread human rights violations committed by the state and subversive groups. As the commission found, the targets for abuse were mainly poor, indigenous people living in Peru’s highlands and jungle regions.


The commission released its 9-volume Final Report on August 28, 2003, after interviewing more than 17,000 victims and reconstructing hundreds of atrocities. An abridged version, Hatun Willakuy, was published in Spanish soon after, to help raise awareness about the conflict and its consequences in Peruvian society.


Hatun Willakuy in Quechua means “The Great Story,” signifying the enormity of the events recounted by the truth commission.


“It is essential to keep our discussion alive,” says Salomón Lerner Febres, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “A chief reason is that constant discussion of our diverse efforts to shed light on a terrible past is a way of keeping the sense of urgency, the sense of grieving that victims experience each and every day.”


The new book summarizes key findings from the report, including the scope of the conflict and the role of the Shining Path, the Maoist group that waged war against the Peruvian state just as the country was transitioning from a military dictatorship to democracy.


The book’s many infographics help to illustrate the patterns of abuse. One graphic illustrates how state security forces mainly killed, tortured, or disappeared suspected subversives in the first half of the conflict, then shifted to a tactic of official arrests.


The paintings that appear on the cover and chapter openings were created by Peruvian artistMauricio Delgado Castillo.


Hatun Willakuy can be downloaded for free at http://ictj.org/sites/default/files/ICTJ_Book_Peru_CVR_2014.pdf. A web page exploring the book is available athttp://ictj.org/peru-hatun-willakuy-en/.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ebola Cases Reaching Record Low

Highly contaminated waste is removed from an Ebola Treatment Unit and carried with caution to a disposal area, where it will be fed into an incinerator that burns it into ashes. Photo: WHO/R. Sørensen More>>

South Sudan: Pervasive Violence Against Healthcare

Juba, South Sudan, July 1, 2014 - Violence in hospitals and the destruction of medical facilities are denying medical services to many of South Sudan 's most vulnerable people, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today in a report, South Sudan Conflict: ... More>>

ALSO:

  • UN News - UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in South Sudan
  • Increasing Demand For Refined Products Will Increase Prices

    In last week's article I posted a chart from the International Energy Agency'srecent Oil Market Report that shows global demand for refined products catching up to supply by the 3rd quarter of this year. My opinion is that all of the analysts who are now ... More>>

    ALSO:

    Terrorist Attack On Hotel In Libyan Capital

    27 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attack against the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of such ... More>>

    ALSO:

    Malawi In Urgent Need After Intense Flooding

    Torrential rains in Malawi have caused dozens of deaths, with hundreds of people still missing. Photo: UNDP/Arjan van de Merwe More>>

    Lack Of Funding Hampering Aid To Syria

    Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More>>

    Spy Agency CSE Is Monitoring Our Private Online Activities

    Breaking - Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale and sharing sensitive data with other governments More>>

    UN ‘blue Helmet’ Killed Near Lebanon-Israel Cross-Fire

    28 January 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeper with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon ( UNIFIL ) was killed today near the border with Israel but the precise cause of death is as yet undetermined and remains the subject of investigation, according ... More>>

    ALSO:


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news