Ex-President Fujimori Convicted of Human Rights Violations

Today, in a landmark decision, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted for torture, kidnapping and forced disappearances committed during the early 1990s.

This is a crucial victory in the struggle against impunity for human rights violations in Peru and a triumph for justice worldwide.

Javier Zúñiga, an Amnesty International delegate who observed the trial noted:

“Justice has been done in Peru. This is historic. Now it is vital that all of those responsible for human rights violations committed in Peru, including those perpetrated prior to the government of Alberto Fujimori, be brought before the courts.”

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori speaks during the hearing in Lima on April 1, 2009.

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori speaks during the hearing in Lima on April 1, 2009. (c) Getty Images

Peru’s Supreme Court ruled in the cases of Barrios Altos (in which 15 men, women and children were executed in 1991), La Cantuta (in which nine students and a university lecturer were kidnapped and later killed in 1992 by members of the Colina Group, a paramilitary force within the Peruvian Army) and the SIE basements (where two kidnap victims were held). The decision, which was unanimously adopted by the three presiding judges, concluded that Fujimori bore individual criminal responsibility in all three cases because he had effective military command over those who committed the crimes.

Amnesty International has been closely following the trial of Alberto Fujimori.  We have incontrovertible evidence documenting serious human rights violations and crimes against international law – such as torture, killings and enforced disappearance – were committed. Given their widespread and systematic nature, these constituted crimes against humanity.

The trial of Fujimori was highlighted in Amnesty’s short documentary, Justice without Borders.

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9 thoughts on “Ex-President Fujimori Convicted of Human Rights Violations

  1. First Pinochet and now Fujimori, soon comes Chavez and Castro…people of latin america will finally know justice and that the international community cares

  2. Outstanding that he was brought to justice. Keep up your great work to publicize and document such crimes.

  3. First Pinochet and now Fujimori, soon comes Chavez and Castro…people of latin america will finally know justice and that the international community cares

  4. I haven't heard that Chavez has had anyone tortured, but GW Bush and Dick Cheney have authorized the use of torture. And they should be prosecuted. Bravo Peru! When will the USA become as advanced in terms of justice.

  5. I haven’t heard that Chavez has had anyone tortured, but GW Bush and Dick Cheney have authorized the use of torture. And they should be prosecuted. Bravo Peru! When will the USA become as advanced in terms of justice.

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  7. As a former resident of Peru, I am actually quite impressed. It is still hard for me to believe that Peru´s justice system is finally getting efficient. These trials will certainly improved Peru´s justice system to the world.

  8. As a former resident of Peru, I am actually quite impressed. It is still hard for me to believe that Peru´s justice system is finally getting efficient. These trials will certainly improved Peru´s justice system to the world.