Declaration on Peru

Meeting of the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago, Chile, 30-31 May 1997

Original: Spanish

The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, SICLAC, meeting in Santiago on 30-31 May 1997 declares:

In view of the dismissal of three members of Peru's Constitutional Tribunal by action of the government majority in the Congress of the Republic, in response to the declaration of unconstitutionality that this supreme body made concerning the authorisation of a second consecutive re­election of President Alberto Fujimori, compounded by the subsequent resignation of the Chairman of the aforementioned Tribunal, the Committee expresses its repudiation of this decision which infringes the democratic institutions of that nation.

The Committee also declares its solidarity with the concerted initiatives by the democratic forces on the basis of action by the political parties which are the fundamental bedrock of the country's institutional system.

The Committee requests clarification of the denunciations received by the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights of the OAS to the effect that confessions have been obtained by torture and human rights are not being respected in Peru.

It calls on the member parties of the Socialist International to express their solidarity with the march called by the Peruvian Aprista Party for Wednesday 4 June 1997.