Peruvian human rights advocate to deliver lecture

Author: Megan Connelly


Sofia Macher, former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, will deliver a lecture titled “The Transition Process: A Closer Look at the Peruvian Truth Commission” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 2) at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the lecture will take place in C-103 of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies and is free and open to the public.

The recipient of the 2004 Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America, Macher has played a central role in her country’s pursuit of transitional justice and healing after two decades of civil war. Over the past four years, she has helped Peru to take crucial steps in its ongoing project of political recovery, including establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission’s tasks are to discover the root causes of the nations political violence; to aid the courts in clarifying crimes involving human rights abuse and determining criminal responsibility; to elaborate proposals for reparation for the victims and their families; to make recommendations for improving human rights protection; and to establish mechanisms to follow up implementation of its recommendations

Macher’s 24-year career as a social justice advocate also comprises service as the executive secretary of Peru’s nationwide coalition of human rights organizations, plus leadership in advocacy work on women’s issues and confronting the food and health care needs of displaced indigenous people. She currently serves as a research associate at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame.

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