News from Lori's Parents

3 March 1999

In this update:

Op-Ed Article Appears in "The Hill" and Kicks off Lobbying Campaign to Stop Non-Humanitarian Aid to Perú

An op-ed article appearing in the current (March 3rd) issue of "The Hill," an influential weekly distributed widely throughout the United States government, coincides with the commencement of our lobbying efforts in the United States Congress to withhold all non-humanitarian aid to Perú until its government provides justice for Lori. The text of the article will appear on Lori's web site.

Join Lobbying Campaign to Stop Non-Humanitarian Aid to Perú

If you are a constituent of the following Congressional Representatives or Senators listed below, please call or write your elected official and urge that any bills providing non-humanitarian aid to Perú stipulate that the aid be withheld until the Peruvian government provides justice for Lori Berenson.

Please ask others who are constituents to do the same.

Let us know by Email if we can mention your name when we visit your Congressional Representative or Senator.



To reach the Washington DC offices of Representatives and Senators, the telephone number is: 202-224-3121. The mailing address for Representatives is: The Honorable XX XXX, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. The mailing address for Senators is: The Honorable YY YYY, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510.

Annual State Department Human Rights Report Blasts Perú

In its lengthy 1998 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Perú released on 26 February 1999, the State Department is very critical of the Peruvian government's violations in human rights, its disdain for democratic principles, its persecution of journalists, its persecution of lawyers defending alleged terrorists, its crackdowns on freedom of speech and expression, its badly flawed judicial processes, the numerous corrupt activities by pro-Fujimori Peruvian Congressional committees, and the inherent racism that still pervades Peruvian society nine years into President Fujimori's rule.

The full State Department report appears on Lori's web site. You may wish to use some of the above reasons to strengthen your arguments when speaking to your elected officials about cutting non-humanitarian aid to Perú.

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson