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  • Peru’s hostage crisis, which came to a bloody end last week with
    the storming of the Japanese embassy residence, the freeing of 71
    hostages and the killing of all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels, focused
    world attention on — at least for a brief moment — on Peru’s
    judicial apparatus and the condition of its prisons.

    This week, a group of Congressional representatives will be holding
    hearings on the human rights record of the Peruvian...

    Apr 29, 1997 | Story
  • Nearly two years ago — on January 11, 1996 — hooded judges in a secret Peruvian military tribunal sentenced Lori Berenson, a 27-year-old American political activist, to life imprisonment for alleged terrorist activities. She was not permitted to call or cross examine witnesses, or present evidence in her defense.
    Nov 26, 1997 | Story
  • In just a few hours, President Clinton will deliver the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There will be several protests during his visit, including protests calling for self- determination for East Timor and a democratic government for Indonesia. There will also be a demonstration calling for an end to the US-led sanctions against Iraq.
    Jun 05, 1998 | Story
  • Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori refused to pardon an American activist serving a life sentence in Peru, despite calls for clemency or a new trial from his Prime Minister.
    Jun 24, 1998 | Story
  • Peru’s Prime Minister of three weeks said Thursday that he had offered to resign after President Alberto Fujimori rejected his idea to pardon American activist Lori Berenson, imprisoned for life on terrorism charges. Fujimori declined his resignation offer. The Prime Minister, Javier Valle Riestra, sparked a storm of Congressional protests when he suggested on Sunday that the 1996 military trial of Lori Berenson was legally flawed and...
    Jun 26, 1998 | Story
  • The Geneva-based United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention asked Peru this week to take steps to "remedy" the case of Lori Berenson. A native of New York, Berenson is serving a life sentence in a Peruvian prison after being tried by a secret military court and found guilty of belonging to a guerrilla organization.
    Feb 25, 1999 | Story
  • As Attorney General Janet Reno yesterday wrapped up an international conference of Latin American justice ministers in Lima, Peru, Amy Goodman was able to conduct the first-ever media interview with Lori Berenson. Berenson is a 29-year old American serving a life sentence in Peru after she was tried and sentenced by a secret military court for treason. Amy was able to enter the prison together with a U.S. human rights delegation. She filed...
    Mar 04, 1999 | Story
  • Today, we look at the case of Lori Berenson, the American who is serving a life sentence in Peru on charges of "treason to the fatherland." For the first time since she was arrested three years ago, the former Massachusetts Institute of Technology student was able to meet with a group from the United States, and Amy Goodman was able to join the delegation for the visit to Socabaya Prison, where she is being held.
    Mar 05, 1999 | Story
  • Last week, Democracy Now! was part of a delegation that managed to enter the Socabaya Prison in Peru. There they were able to speak with American prisoner Lori Berenson, who is serving a life for "treason to the fatherland," and for being one of the leaders of the "Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement." To date, Berenson has not been allowed to see the evidence that was used to convict her.
    Mar 11, 1999 | Story
  • Today marks four years since a hooded Peruvian military tribunal sentenced American Lori Berenson to life in prison. Accused of treason, Berenson was convicted on evidence she was not allowed to see. Amnesty International has declared her a political prisoner, saying she was denied a fair trial and due process. The United Nations Commission for Human Rights has also written that Lori Berenson is being arbitrarily detained and deprived of her...
    Jan 11, 2000 | Story