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60,000 May Have Died in Peru Violence, Panel Says

Investigators examining human rights abuses in Peru during the 1980s and 1990s have concluded that as many as 60,000 people were killed or disappeared by government forces and Maoist insurgents, almost double previous estimates, according to the country’s truth and reconciliation commission. Commission members visiting Washington yesterday shared findings of their two-year inquiry in advance of a formal presentation to Peru’s government in August. The commission, made up of academics, human rights activists and other prominent Peruvians, based its conclusions about the death toll on interviews with 18,000 witnesses and statistical projections from 24,000 victims whose names were collected for the first time as part of the investigation. Full Story

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