A landmark for the defense of human rights: the Chilean Supreme Court rules to allow former Peruvian Alberto Fujimori’s extradition to Peru to stand trial.
John Walsh, Senior Associate for the Andes, (202) 797-2171
Roger Atwood, Communications Director, cell (202) 316- 3857
A BANNER DAY FOR JUSTICE:
CHILE APPROVES FUJIMORI'S EXTRADITION TO PERU
Washington, DC, September 21, 2007 – The Chilean Supreme Court's decision to allow former Peruvian Alberto Fujimori's extradition to Peru to stand trial, announced in Santiago this morning, constitutes a landmark for the defense of human rights.
"This is a grand day for Peru, for Chile, and for all of the Americas," said WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh. "Today's ruling is a major blow against impunity, which has bedeviled Latin America for so long."
The court voted unanimously in favor of Fujimori's extradition to Peru to face charges regarding the notorious Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres and disappearances. "This day has been a long time coming," said Walsh, "and represents a major advance for justice and the defense of human rights."
The Washington Office on Latin America is a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights, democracy, and social and economic justice in U.S. policy towards Latin America.