Law to create a bank of DNA data is proposed

26 November 2017

One of the long-standing debts the Peruvian government owes to the victims of the internal conflict between 1980 and 2000 is the search for the approximately 15,000 disappeared. On 22 November, this agenda took a step in the right direction with Prime Minister Mercedes Araos presenting a project to create a DNA database bank. The families of the disappeared have campaigned for years for more work to be done on the difficult and costly process of identifying victims. This was in fact one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s 2003 report. The creation of the DNA bank follows the death two months ago of prominent human rights campaigner Angelica Mendoza who had tirelessly campaigned for information on the fate of her son since the 1980s.

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