Impunity Peru


Resolution to the Midyear Meeting

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

April 8 – 11, 2016


WHEREAS the most emblematic case of impunity in the killing of journalists in Peru is the murder of Hugo Bustíos, correspondent of the magazine Caretas at the hands of members of the military in Huanta, Ayacucho, in 1988.

WHEREAS the National Public Prosecutor's Office has called for 25 years' imprisonment of the former Interior Minister in the current government, Daniel Urresti, as being responsible for crime against life, body and health in the form of murder with great cruelty and outburst for the murder of journalist Bustíos; at that time Daniel Urresti was the head of the Intelligence Service of the Battalion of Castropampa, Huanta, Ayacucho

WHEREAS there has been knowledge, through the Human Rights Commission (COMISEDH) that one of the alleged witnesses offered by the Urresti defense had no awareness of his implication in the proceedings, Eliseo Gavilán Gavilán declared that he did not know that he had to testify in the National Criminal Court, which indicated that the offer was made without his permission and he argued that he was taken to Lima for a supposed work offer of 2,000 soles which was never finalized

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec states ""Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly"


to ask the Judicial Branch and the Attorney General's Office to act with due diligence and speed to punish those responsible for this abominable crime with an exemplary sentence.