Thursday, December 19, 1996

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  • Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) Hostage Crisis

    When Fujimori was elected, large parts of Peru were dominated by the insurgent Marxist-Leninist group. Ann Manuel deputy director of Human Rights Watch America discusses the on
    going hostage crisis. Fourteen MRTA members currently occupy the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Lima, holding 72 hostages. Among the hostages is the National Counter-Terrorism Directorate (DINCOTE) who are the infamous for torturing suspects. The MRTA are threatening to kill hostages despite passing deadlines. Although the Us has criticized the Fujimori’s goverment, in recent years the US has been less vocal in support of his economic policies. The US-Peruvians counter narcotic program funnels money to the Peruvian military, sanctioning Fujimori’s authoritarian leadership style and human rights abuses.

  • Terrorism in the USA

    Sam Husseini from the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) discusses the impact on basic rights after the introduction of anti-terrorism legislation which he believes is unconstitutional. He discusses the media bias in reporting that mideast terrorist were involved in the Oklahoma city bombing. Sam Husseini wrote and article in the Washington Post: Profile in Unfairness: In the Shadow of Tragedy.He writes about how the airlines are ethnically profiling people while the media ignores the discrimination Laura Vidal explains how EL AL Israel Airlines prevented her from flying to Israel because she was deemed as a security threat.
    Sam Husseini also wrote about Imad Hamad who is threatened with deportation proceeding. The INS claimed he was a member of the Popular Liberation Front of Palestine (PFLP). His lawyer Noel Salah from the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan, explains the accusation of membership with the PFLP was dismissed in a previous court case and therefore not relevent to his application for permanent residency. Imad Hamad continues to fight for his right to stay in the USA.