Conference: Human rights and justice in Peru

20 September 2013

Saturday 19 October, 10.30-4.45
King's College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS. Council Room, King's Building. View map.

This year's annual conference will ask to what extent ten years of transitional justice have addressed the causes and crimes of Peru's internal armed conflict (1980-2000). As well as reflecting on justice for those systematic human rights abuses, the event will explore emerging human rights concerns. Organised in collaboration with King's College London.

For speaker profiles, see below

10.30-11.00  Registration & coffee 

11.00-11.15  Introduction - Baroness Coussins

11.15-12.15  Gender and justice- chair: Baroness Coussins
                    - Sexual violence and impunity in wartime and peacetime Peru - Jelke Boesten
                    - Quipu Living Documentary: an interactive oral history project on forced sterilisations - Karen Tucker

12.15-13.15  Transitional justice and memory - chair: Francis McDonagh
                    - The role of history in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report - Paulo Drinot
                    - History and Memory: remembering the Truth Commission Report today - Natalia Sobrevilla

13:15-13:45  Lunch break*

13:45-14:15  AGM for members of the PSG with review by John Crabtree

14:15-15:15  Institutions for justice and human rights - chair: Lord Brennan QC
                    - Challenges of transitional justice in Peru: Facing a weak judicial sector - David Lovaton
                    - Peru in regional perspective: National human rights institutions and the Inter-American system - Tom Pegram

15:15-15:30  Coffee

15:30-16:30  Impunity and human rights - chair and respondent: Guadalupe Marengo
                     - Justice, ten years on: The challenges of holding perpetrators to account in post-conflict Peru - Jo-Marie Burt

16:30-16:45  Closing remarks - Rosemary Thorp

Tickets are £7 for members, £12 for non-members (discountable against new membership). Please arrive in good time to buy tickets on the door. 

Speaker profiles

  • Jo-Marie Burt is a former researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, and an academic at George Mason University.  She currently directs a research project on efforts to prosecute perpetrators of grave human rights violations.

  • Baroness Coussins is a crossbencher in the House of Lords, an expert in corporate responsiblity and a former parliamentary volunteer in Peru. She has been President of the PSG since 2012.

  • Jelke Boesten is a senior lecturer in international development at King's College London. 

  • Karen Tucker is a lecturer in political science at the University of Bristol and a collaborator on the 'Quipu: Living Documentary', an interactive oral history project on forced sterilisations.

  • Francis McDonagh is an editor for the Latin America Bureau and formerly manager of CAFOD's Andes programme.

  • Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is a senior lecturer in Hispanic studies at the University of Kent.

  • Paulo Drinot is a senior lecturer in Latin American history at the UCL Institute of the Americas.

  • John Crabtree is an associate fellow of the Oxford University Latin American Centre and co-founded the PSG in 1983.

  • Lord Brennan QC is a barrister and member of the House of Lords who has cooperated with several Latin American states on judicial reform.

  • David Lovaton is professor of law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, a member of the board - and former director - of the Instituto de Defensa Legal. He will participate via videolink.

  • Tom Pegram is deputy director of the Institute of Global Governance at University College London.

  • Guadalupe Marengo is deputy director of Amnesty International's Americas programme and has worked on human rights in the region since the 1990s.

  • Rosemary Thorp is emeritus fellow at the Oxford University Latin American Centre, former chair of Oxfam GB and last year became vice-president of the PSG.

* To keep costs down, lunch will not be provided so please bring food or you can buy lunch from one of the nearby cafes on the Strand or in Somerset House.

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  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

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