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So Interpol has issued a "Red Notice" asking countries to extradite former Peruvian President Mr. Fujimori. He is charged with a variety of crimes including running a paramilitary death squad. He is of Japanese origin and had hidden his Japanese citizenship until he fled to Japan. Japan accepted him and now is refusing to extradite him to Peru.

I heard that many politicians and business leaders in Japan are big supporters of Fujimori and they even threw a party for him when he arrived in Tokyo.

So, I don't personally know if the Peruvians are politically motivated and unfair as Fujimori claims, but ignoring Interpol and secretly admiring a criminal charged with running a death squad is very uncool in my book.


UNcool is the word. But as Japan no doubt has the support from the US to ignore any sort of international agreements, it is going to be hard to leverage him out.

Did Japan, unlike the US, sign up for the world criminal courts? I hadn't listened to that stuff when it was being set up, so I'm not sure.

Just received this from Human Rights Watch:

Is Japan swinging sharply to the right again?

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From: Human Rights Watch
Date: Mon Apr 7, 2003 12:26:38 PM US/Pacific
Subject: Global Campaign to Extradite Fujimori Launched

Global Campaign to Extradite Fujimori Launched
U.S. Should Back Extradition

(Washington, DC, April 7, 2003) -- Former Peruvian President Alberto
Fujimori should be extradited from Japan to Peru, where he faces trial
on charges of human rights violations and corruption, Human Rights Watch
and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) said today. The two
organizations called on the U.S. government to provide vigorous support
for efforts to extradite Fujimori.

"The United States has a historic opportunity to show its unequivocal
support for human rights and democracy in Peru by backing the Peruvian
government's extradition request," said WOLA Senior Associate Coletta

Following the collapse of the Fujimori government, Peru embarked on a
difficult path of democratic transition and national reconciliation,
having endured years of authoritarian rule and political violence in the
1980s and 1990s.

Since leaving Peru with the collapse of his authoritarian regime in
2000, Fujimori has led a comfortable life in Japan, where he has enjoyed
complete impunity from justice.

'It is an affront to those in Peru who suffered from human rights abuses
under his rule that Fujimori remains a fugitive from justice,' said José
Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the Americas Division of Human
Rights Watch. 'The authoritarian nature of the Fujimori regime
exacerbated Peru's human rights crisis, which was characterized by
torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial executions.'

WOLA and Human Rights Watch announced they are joining Peru's
Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, an umbrella group of over 60
of Peru's key human rights groups, in launching an international
campaign: 'Fujimori Extraditable.' The campaign aims to educate the
international community, gain the support of governments around the
world, and encourage the Japanese government to extradite former
President Fujimori.

"It is the responsibility of the international community to insure that
these crimes are punished, said Youngers.

The campaign includes the launching today of a Coordinadora website,, in Spanish, English, and shortly in