Human rights anniversary
16 December 2014
Thirty years have passed since the massacre of Putis on 13 December 1984, a crime that remains unpunished. On that day, an army detachment moved in on this highland community in the province of Huanta, Ayacucho, suspecting the population of supporting Sendero Luminoso. 123 people were shot by troops having been forced previously to dig their own graves. Many of the women of the community were raped prior to being mown down. So far, the Peruvian army has failed to release the names of those soldiers involved.
The widows and other family members held a commemoration last week to honour the dead in the presence of local authorities, Congresswoman Marisol Pérez Tello, representatives of the Church and from international aid agencies.
On 15 December, sentence was due to be passed on a separate case, concerning the killing of three community leaders and a minor at the town of Chuschi in 1991, also in Ayacucho. APRODEH, the human rights organisation that has been providing legal defence for the relatives of the dead in Chuschi, has called for a tough sentence for those held to be responsible.