News from Lori's Parents

28 April 1998

In this update:

Clinton to Speak at M.I.T. for June 5th Commencement

On Friday June 5th President Clinton will deliver a commencement address at MIT, the institution that Lori attended a decade ago. We ask anyone with connections to MIT faculty, students, and alumni to help us organize petitions to President Clinton and get them to him on June 5th. If you can do this, please let us know ASAP.

Amnesty International Declares Lori a Political Prisoner

In April 1998, Amnesty International issued a press release declaring Lori to be a political prisoner. Amnesty criticized Peruvian anti-terrorism legislation stating that "it is unacceptable for hundreds of political prisoners like Lori Berenson not to be able to exercise their basic human right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal." They emphasized that "Perú continues to mock human rights guarantees with trials that are but a parody of justice."

The full text of AI's statement will appear soon on Lori's web site.

Congressional Delegation Raises Lori's Case in Perú

During a Congressional trip to South America, Representatives Benjamin A. Gilman (Republican, NY), Chair of the House International Relations Committee, and Carolyn B. Maloney (Democrat, NY) met with President Fujimori and other members of the Peruvian government in Lima and expressed their concerns about Lori's incarceration.

Clinton Urged to Act on Lori's Behalf

Thanks to your efforts the White House was besieged with thousands of letters, cards, faxes, e-mails, and telephone calls urging President Clinton to use the power of his office and act on Lori's behalf. Apparently, the opportunity did not present itself for Presidents Clinton and Fujimori to discuss Lori's case in Chile.

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson