Peru To Compensate Families of 2020 Police Brutality Victims

Justice Ministry officials in Peru said the government would grant financial compensation of US$10,000 for the families of the two Peruvian farmers killed during the Agrarian Strike in La Libertad and Ica regions last year.

The Peruvian government would also compensate citizens seriously injured ranging from US$3,744 to US$10,000 depending on the consequences of the injuries. 

A special commission would also set compensation for 26 citizens wounded in November marches against President Manuel Merino and two Peruvians wounded in December.

The Ministry said the Peruvian government would allocate a total of USD200,000 to the 2020 police brutality victims through exceptional financial assistance that “has no compensatory or reparative nature.” 

Earlier this year, a report published by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force during protests in the capital in November 2020.

According to the OHCHR report, police fired pellets from 12-gauge shotguns and tear gas canisters directly at people’s heads and upper bodies, indiscriminately and from close range. 

“Recognition of wrongdoing is the first step towards accountability and avoiding repetition. The Government has formed a commission to follow up on actions in favor of certain victims. However, it is essential that the police command also recognizes that human rights violations were committed,” Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. 

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