Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

On May 23, 2014, CCHR joined with The International Center for Transitional Justice and Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, Peru, to launch a new English translation of the final report of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Coinciding with the 2014 Latin American Studies Association Congress, the event was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton. Kelen Meregali, an associate with ICTJ’s Truth and Memory Program, gave the assembled audience a tour of the online interactive tool, which offers users an enhanced experience with the report. A panel discussion followed the demonstration, with presentations by Eduardo Gonzalez, a Peruvian sociologist with ICTJ; Iris Jave, a Peruvian journalist and political scientist who specializes in political design and advocacy strategies; and Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Presidential Fellow at Notre Dame Law School and former director of CCHR.

The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed in 2001 to investigate political violence committed during the previous 20 years of that country's troubled history. The Commission's Spanish-language report, Hatun Willakuy, issued in 2003, documented atrocities including forced disappearences, terrorist attacks, and other human rights violations.

Following its publication, The Center for Civil and Human Rights commissioned an English-language translation of the abbreviated version of the report, which forms the basis for this new version. Enhanced by new framing narratives and graphic design, and augmented by artwork from Peruvian artist Mauricio Delgado Castillo, the 2014 version of Hatun Willakuy makes this important document available to a broader international audience.

Video of the launch may be viewed below.