Cajamarca death brings call for an end to police impunity; WOLA calls for no revision of Fujimori verdict

12 November 2014

Cajamarca death brings call for an end to police impunity

The killing of Fidel Flores in Cajamarca at the end of October has reignited the debate over whether the police force is out of control. Flores was killed in a disturbance outside his house by a policeman using live ammunition in what looked like a ‘shoot to kill’ operation.


The Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, an organisation representing a variety of human rights agencies, has pointed out that the killing of Flores is far from an isolated incident. It quotes figures from the Ombudsman’s office to the effect that 46 people have lost their lives in situations of social conflict since Ollanta Humala became president in 2011, 32 of them involving use of arms by soldiers or police. None of the victims carried arms themselves. Two were children and three were shot in the back.


The CNDH has called for immediate reforms to prevent such incidents recurring. Among these, it has demanded better police training and stricter controls over when guns can be used in situations of crowd control. It also has called for an end to impunity for members of the police and armed forces who exceed their duties in this way.


In the wake of the killing, family members have travelled to Lima to demand prompt action from Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. The representative for South America of the UN High Commission for Human Rights, Ameringo Incalterra, has called on the Peruvian authorities to launch a “swift, independent and exhaustive” investigation to punish those held to be responsible for Flores’ death.


WOLA calls for no revision of Fujimori verdict


The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has called for the request by Alberto Fujimori’s legal team for a revision of the former president’s sentence to be ignored. Jo-Marie Burt, who has worked with the families of victims in the La Cantuta and Barrios killings, argues that the defence has produced no new evidence to call into doubt the sentence as established. Fujimori is currently serving a lengthy sentence for corruption and human rights crimes committed during his time as president (1990-2000). Burt has called into question the impartiality of Javier Villa Stein on the tribunal looking at the issue.

 

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