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05 February 2018

Evangelical Leaders demand that inter-American court rule justly on Fujimore pardon

Lima, February 1, 2018: Representatives of Evangelical denominations and organisations from throughout the world have expressed their concern over the pardon granted to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and ask that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights rule justly in the case brought before them by victims seeking to reverse this measure implemented by current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

The declaration sustains that the pardon granted to Mr. Fujimori, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity committed during Peru’s internal armed conflict, “does not contribute to the process of national reconciliation because it turns its back on the victims and because it is the product of apparent pact of impunity”.  

“We believe that without sincere repentance of the perpetrators and without meeting the expectation of justice and reparation for those whose rights were trampled an authentic reconciliation cannot exist and cannot be achieved,” states the declaration.

Concerning the public hearing to review compliance with the Court’s prior sentences in the cases of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta, scheduled for February 2 in San José, Costa Rica, the signers pray that the Court have the necessary wisdom to review the recent pardon of Fujimori, also on the docket, helping to correct the damage caused.

Finally, the Evangelical representatives signing the declaration express their commitment to continue their support for those citizens that “demand a true process of reconciliation based on justice, truth and respect for the dignity of all Peruvians, in particular the people and families who suffered the insanity of terror and violence”.

Signers include noted international evangelical leaders including: Milton Mejía, General Secretary of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI); Valdir França, Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Harold Segura, Director of Church Relations for World Vision in Latin America; Eva Morales, President of the Latin American Theological Fraternity (FTL); Sheryl Haw, International Director of Micah Global; and others.   

 

FOR TRUE RECONCILIATION IN PERU

Letter from international evangelical leaders in response to the pardoning of former dictator Alberto Fujimori

"Without justice there is no peace; peace is the effect of justice "(Isaiah 32:17)

Given the pardon granted by the Peruvian government to former President Alberto Fujimori, who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity during the internal armed conflict, we the undersigned, leaders of evangelical organizations and churches of various countries around the world, declare the following:

1. We express our deep concern that the improper granting of the pardon to Mr. Alberto Fujimori has caused not only a political crisis but also a setback in the process of an authentic reconciliation that allows for the healing of wounds and the reparation of the victims.

2. We believe that this pardon does not contribute to the process of national reconciliation because it turns its back on the victims and because it is the product of apparent pact of impunity. We believe that without sincere repentance of the perpetrators and without meeting the expectation of justice and reparation for those whose rights were trampled an authentic reconciliation cannot exist and cannot be achieved.

3. We join the voices and actions of people and organizations of civil society, including those of our brothers and sisters from a number of churches in Peru, who demand a true process of reconciliation based on justice, truth and respect for the dignity of all Peruvians, in particular the people and families who suffered the insanity of terror and violence.

4. We salute the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that, in the framework of a public hearing to be held on February 2 in San José, Costa Rica in order to monitor compliance with their rulings in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases, will analyze the pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori. We pray that the magistrates of the Court have the necessary wisdom to resolve this petition with justice, helping to correct the damage caused.

February 1, 2018

 

Rev. Milton Mejía. General Secretary, Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI)

Rev. Valdir França, Coordinator Latin America & Caribbean - Presbyterian Church-USA

Rev. Ronda Lee-Torres, Pastor of United Methodist Church in Wisconsin USA

Rev. Jairo Barriga, Pastor of Presbyterian Church in Colombia

Rev. Darío López, Professor of Pentecostal Biblical Seminary in Central America

Rev. Harold Segura, Director of Ecclesiastical Relations of World Vision for Latin America

Dorothee Benz, Chair of Methodist in New Direction, New York.

Dennis Smith, Regional Liaison for South America, Presbyterian Church- USA

Eva Morales, President of Latin American Theological Fellowship (FTL)

Rev. Mark Strothmann, Coordinator of Joining Hands Peruvian Partnership

Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy St. Louis, MO USA

Sheryl Haw, International Director of Micah global

Dan Gonzales-Ortega, Chancellor of Theological Community of Mexico

Daniel Favaro, Pastor of Methodist Church in Argentina

Alexis Pacheco, Country Representative for Central America of Tearfund

Nina Balmaceda, President of Peace and Hope International 

Pedro Zavala, Dean of Methodist Seminary “Gonzalo Baez Camargo”, Mexico.

Luis Cesari, Director of Youth for Christ, Uruguay.

Violeta Rocha, Professor of Latin American Biblical University (UBL)  

Edesio Sánchez, Consultant of United Bible Society  

Irma Espinoza, Coordinator for Latin America -Movement Three waves

Pastora Carola Tron, Moderadora de la Iglesia Evangélica Valdense del Río de la Plata

Jenny NemeNeiva. Director of JUSTAPAZ, Mennonite organization in Colombia.

Héctor Laporta, Professor of Methodist Seminary “Gonzalo Baez Camargo”, Mexico.

Luis Alman, Pastor of Anabaptist Mennonite Church of Buenos Aires- Argentina

Enrique Pinedo, President of The Joint Movement with Children and Youth

Rubén Paredes, Coordinator of Latin American Theological Fellowship in Peru.

Juan José Barreda, Director of “Biblica Virtual”

Flavio Conrado, Director of Novos Diálogos, Brasil

Nicolás Panotto, Director of Studies Group on Religion and Advocacy (GEMRIP)

Loida Carriel, Regional Advocacy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean- Tearfund

José Vinces, Director of Peace and Hope Foundation, Ecuador.