WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
15 Jan 1992 |

Peru Under Scrutiny: Human Rights and US Drug Policy

Peru, which produces more than 60 percent of the world's supply of coca leaves used to make cocaine, is the linchpin in the Bush administration's international "war on drugs." As part of that war, the U.S. government plans to embark on the first significant military assistance program for Peru in years and has stepped up U.S. military training programs. But the military package has encountered serious stumbling blocks: the reluctance of the Peruvian security forces to take on antinarcotics activities and their dismal human rights record.