Human Rights - Individual Reparations for Victims of Terrorism

17 August 2010

Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Velásquez Quesquén has announced government plans to make individual reparations to victims of terrorism next year. The total amount earmarked is 20 million soles (£4.5 million/US$7 million) for victims during Peru’s internal armed conflict (1980-2000).

Velásquez said the payments would be made before the next government takes office in July 2011.

The payment of reparations to victims of terrorism during Peru’s internal armed conflict was one of the recommendations made in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2003. To date, only some collective reparations have been made by the state.

A multi-sectoral commission was created by a Supreme Resolution [No. 171-2010-PCM] on 18 July to administer applications for individual reparations.

The official announcement came two days after hundreds of victims of terrorism from Ayacucho marched to Lima to demand that the government comply with the payment of economic reparations to individuals.

Future beneficiaries of the compensation must be victims or relatives of those killed, disappeared or who have suffered other violations (such as rape) or disability during the internal armed conflict.

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