Jo-Marie Burt teaches politics and Latin American Studies at George Mason University, where she is acting co-director of the Center for Global Studies. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she has monitored the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations and the 2011 presidential elections. She is author of Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru: Silencing Civil Society (Palgrave, 2007). Her research focuses on political violence and state power, human rights and transitional justice, and social movements in Latin America, with a special focus on Peru, and she is currently directing a research project on human rights prosecutions in Peru. Follow Jo-Marie on Twitter: @jomaburt.
A recent Peruvian Supreme Court decision on a death squad is a setback for human rights in the country.
A recent sentence for members of a death squad represents a step backward for Peru on human rights.
With a slim majority in Congress and a still-strong conservative opposition, Ollanta Humala may well find it difficult to implement even his moderate program of change.
Ollanta Humala’s victory over Keiko Fujimori represents the triumph of hope over fear.
First, Ollanta Humala needs to calm the roiled political waters of Peru.
Would a Peru court free former President Fujimori, a convicted human-rights felon?
Many support Ollanta Humala to prevent the return, in the form of his daughter, of former President Alberto Fujimori’s human rights abuses.
Keiko Fujimori’s Candidacy Just Adds Insult to the Injury That Her Father Inflicted on the Body Politic of Peru
Many in Peru take Keiko Fujimori’s candidacy for the presidency personal.
Peru’s upcoming presidential elections is as intriguing as the United States in 2012 is not.
If elected president of Peru, will Keiko Fujimori follow Rudy Giuliani’s abusive anti-crime measures?
If elected president of Peru, will Keiko Fujimori carry on in her father Alberto’s corrupt, authoritarian tradition?
How Did the Candidates With the Highest Negative Ratings Advance in the Peru Presidential Elections?
Prior to Sunday’s election, over 50% of the people of Peru claimed they would vote for neither Ollanta Humala nor Keiko Fujimori.
Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori will face each other in a second-round vote on June 5.
Eleven percent of the electorate is still undecided.
Except for populist Ollanta Humala, Peru’s presidential candidates leave the public cold.