WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
7 Apr 2000 | News

Peace and Democracy in Peru: Advances, Setbacks and Reflections on the 2000 Elections

On January 27, 2000, historic elections in Peru were just ten weeks away. Nearing the end of almost a decade in office, incumbent President Alberto Fujimori sought an unprecedented third term and led in the polls by a considerable margin. Assessment of the achievements and setbacks to conflict resolution and democracy in Peru during the decade, as well as the prospects for change after the elections, was timely. The premise of the conference was that significant strides had been taken towards the achievement of both "external peace" – peace with Peru’s neighbors – and "internal peace" – the decimation of the revolutionary movements Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) and Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru (Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, MRTA) – but that the democratic process and democratic institution building in Peru had suffered serious reversals.

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