Friday, 25 September 2009

Peru: Salomon Lerner Receives Death Threats

Shocking and disappointing news from Peru is that the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) and currently vice-president of the Museum of Memory commission, Salomon Lerner Febres, has received telephone death threats at both his work and home addresses. Disgustingly, the cowards have also poisoned his two dogs, who both died.

This is another reminder of the challenges that human rights defenders face in many Latin American nations, not helped by governments in Peru and Colombia which tend to criticise HR organisations and apparently regard them as a threat.

The National Human Rights Coordinator (CNDDHH) has strongly condemned the intimidation. Let us hope that the government does the same in the strongest possible terms and provides suitable protection for Dr Lerner.

Ex presidente de la CVR Salomon Lerner denuncia amenaza de muerte (La Republica)

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