The trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori “contributes to the strengthening of the rule of law and democracy in Peru and is a genuine milestone in the struggle against impunity in the region,” according to Jo-Marie Burt of George Mason University and Coletta Youngers of the Washington Office on Latin America. “It is the first time that a democratically elected head of state in Latin America has been found guilty of committing crimes against humanity.”
To read coverage of the trial and analysis of its impact in Peru and throughout Latin America, check out these pieces by LAWG partners WOLA and the National Security Archive.
Washington Office on Latin America, “Fujimori on Trial”: http://www.wola.org/media/Fujimori%20on%20Trial%205-5-2009%282%29.pdf.
National Security Archive, “Fujimori Found Guilty of Human Rights Crimes,” with declassified U.S. documents used in the trial: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB274/index.htm.