The Hope that Unites Us

Author
Inter Pares
June 2009 Bulletin Cover
 

In this issue:

The hope that unites us

In July 2008, Inter Pares staff Nadia Faucher and Karen Cocq travelled to Peru to participate in a regional exchange on truth, justice, and reparation, organized by Inter Pares’ main counterpart in Latin America – Project Counselling Service (PCS).

Taking stock: Five years of seeking reparations and justice in Peru

In December 2007, the world witnessed a rare sight: a former president brought to justice for human rights violations. Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru during the latter decade of the country’s armed conflict, was being tried for crimes he ordered the military to commit against his own people. Through his trial, Peruvians saw that even the most powerful person in the country could be brought to justice.

Rising from the Ashes

Inter Pares and Project Counselling Service (PCS) have produced a 30-minute film, Rising From the Ashes, to share our work in Peru through the inspiring story of four indigenous women. As survivors and activists, through their organizations they are struggling to create a more just and peaceful society by seeking justice for past crimes, by providing mental health support to other survivors, and by promoting women’s leadership within their communities.

Detention as a means of protection

Each year, hundreds of people, including minors and pregnant women, are detained when they arrive in Canada seeking refugee status. Unbeknownst to most Canadians, detention of refugee claimants is quickly becoming an institutionalized practice rather than an exception. People seeking security and protection in Canada – frequently after harrowing journeys – are forcibly confined and treated as criminals, often simply because their proof of identity is deemed insufficient.

Breaking the silence in the search for justice

From 1960 to 1996, a brutal civil war raged in Guatemala in which more than 200,000 people died. The war ended with the signing of Peace Accords, after which the United Nations-sponsored Historical Clarification Commission (CEH) spent two years documenting the atrocities of the war. The Commission’s report, entitled “Guatemala: Memory of Silence,” found the state responsible for 93% of the crimes committed during the conflict. The majority of the victims were indigenous. According to the Commission, this constituted genocide.