Monday, 9 March 2009

Peru: Museum/Human Rights

It's another article from La Republica, this time by Fernando Rospigliosi. I don't have the energy to translate the whole thing, sadly, so here is my edited version:

The deterioration in human rights which has occurred during the government of Alan Garcia is remarkable. The official rejection of the construction of the Museum of Memory is just one of many manifestations of a policy which takes us back to the 1990s.

The attacks on the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) from the government are a daily occurrence. One of the most enthusiastic detractors of the CVR is the APRA politician Edgar Núñez, president of the Commission of Defense of Congress.

His latest blunder was the attack on the photographic exhibition Yuyanapaq, claiming that many of the images shown there are faked. This assault is not coincidental. Yuyanapaq would be a central element of the Museum of Memory. Discrediting the exhibition helps to undermine the museum.

Therefore, on several other occasions, Núñezhas told bare-faced lies, like the good aprista that he is. The photograph of a peasant with part of his head and face covered with a rag [Note: he's referring to the first picture on this page] was taken by experienced Caretas photojournalist Oscar Medrano, which covered the civil war in Ayacucho and other key areas for many years, together with journalist Gustavo Gorriti.

Of course Medrano didn't create a trick photo. He didn't need to, having captured such scenes of horror. And it's not the style of a decent photographer.


The hand that rocks the cradle, in this case, are the members of the military involved in human rights violations, who have found a docile and malleable spokesperson.

So, while hundreds of bodies were being disinterred in the pit at Putis and in the military base of Los Cabitos, in Ayacucho, Núñez had the bright idea of proposing an amnesty law for the authors of those atrocious crimes.


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