Peru ruling opens old wounds
Peru ruling opens old woundsVictims of Colina Group express outrage over court ruling.
Peru’s Supreme Court recently reduced the prison sentences of the Colina Group paramilitary organisation and cleared them on charges of “crimes against humanity”. The ruling, announced on July 20, will allow seven of those involved in the so-called Colina death squads to apply for immediate parole. The ruling also sets the stage for a possible appeal by imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori.
The Colina Group, created during the administration of Fujimori, is known for its human rights abuses and committing mass murders in the name of state security. The current government is appealing the court decision and family members of the victims from the Colina Group have expressed outrage.
In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the political implications of the Colina ruling with Coletta Youngers, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (@wola_org) and Francisco Soberon, Director at the Association for Human Rights.
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