State to set aside 45 million soles for victims of terrorism

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The President of the Council of Ministers has told journalists that the government will put aside 45 million soles this year to finance collective reparations for the 440 peasant communities affected by the internal violence that ravaged
Peru between 1980 and 2000.

The decision was made by a High Level Multi-sector Commission (CMAN) chaired by prime minister Jorge del Castillo, and will cover investment of up to 45 million soles in public investment projects. No single community will receive more than 100,000 soles.

According to government sources, the projects will be selected “bearing in mind the desires and needs of each community.” The associated press release states that local authorities will be called upon to guarantee that projects will use local labor where possible, offering work preferentially to victims of the violence.

It adds that most of the rural communities that will fall into the scope of this plan are located in the departments of Ayacucho and Huánuco, and that the bulk of the remaining 40% are in Huancavelica, Junín y Apurímac.Reparations will also be made to communities in Puno, Cuzco, Pasco, San Martín and Ucayali.

The Program for Collective Reparations includes “acts of apology to the communities that were affected by the violence, and a public recognition on the part of the state regarding the role that communities played in the struggle for peace.”

The Government recognized “the commitment shown by the private company towards collective reparations” and added that mining company Antamina has made a first payment of $680,000 (2.17 million soles).

Reparations will be made in accordance with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and “have as their objective the renewal of the social link between the state and communities that were damaged or destroyed by the violence”.

The Integrated Reparations Plan will also take in programs to directly benefit victims and their relatives, which will be implemented alongside a register of victims that is being drawn up by the Reparations Council.

Scooped from Peru.21

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