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Human Rights groups denounced today serious violations committed against the rural community of Santa Barbara by the Peruvian military during the internal armed conflict in Peru.

The case of the rural community of Santa Barbara is yet another example demonstrating a pattern of impunity and a generalized and systematic practice conducted by the Peruvian Army of carrying out forced disappearances, extra judicial executions, massacres and other human rights violations during the internal armed conflict in Peru. Thus far, investigations and prosecutions by the State for these crimes have been minimal.

CEJIL, along with partner organizations, will represent victims from across the region before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court) during its 107th period of regular sessions.Activities will include two public hearings, two private hearings to monitor judgment and provisional measure compliance, and a public hearing on provisional measures.

Carmen Guadalupe, one of 17 women unjustly imprisoned in El Salvador for not carrying her pregnancy to full term due to medical complications, received a pardon from the Legislative Assembly today.

The pardon is a step forward in guaranteeing that the State will comply with its obligations of respecting and guaranteeing women’s rights.After being behind bars for over six years, Carmen Guadalupe must be freed immediately.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) condemn the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior and Minister Daniel Urresti’s recent acts of harassment and intimidation against Rocío Silva Santisteban, Executive Director for the National Coordinator for Human Rights (CNDDHH), and other social justice, student and union leaders for their participation in a protest on December 29th, 2014 in Lima.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).