News from Lori's Parents

23 July 1999

In this update:

Majority of House of Representatives calls for Lori's release

Now that the vote on the defeated Amendment to H.R. 2415 offered by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been published, we were able to compare the list of members of the House of Representatives who voted to support this Amendment with the list of those who signed the recent letter circulated by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) that was sent to President Clinton last month. Both the Amendment and the letter called for action to insure Lori's release, albeit one through Congressional action (cutting funds to Perú) and the other through Executive action (taking all measures short of going to war with Perú).

A majority of the House of Representatives, a total of 225 of the 435 voting members (52%) have expressed their support for Lori's release via the Congressional Amendment and/or the letter to President Clinton. A full list of members who are supporting Lori's release appears on our web site, as do the Amendment and the letter.

Support for Lori continues to grow as more Americans, especially members of Congress, become familiar with her case and with the horrible human rights violations in Perú. As a Business Week article so ably expressed in May 1998, "Perú's Fujimori doesn't even bother with appearances. Since winning power in 1990, he has trampled over democracy."

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson