Joint Declaration by
the Attorney General’s Office, the Ombudsman’s
Office, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Human
Rights National Coordination Entity
Joint Work Platform for the Investigation on Common Burials
The undersigned institutions, in the framework of their respective
mandates and attributions, state they shall work in coordination
to investigate the common burials, fundamentally aiming at
contributing to the clarification of truth, the restitution
of the dignity of victims and their families and the promotion
of access to justice. This work will follow the parameters
1. Work in clandestine burials shall be permanently consulted
through a coordination entity made up by the Attorney General’s
Office, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Ombudsman’s
Office and the Human Rights National Coordination Entity. The
former will promote the participation of the victims’ relatives.
The legal procedures related to this work will be led by the
Prosecutor Specialized on Force Disappearances, Out-of-Law
Executions and Clandestine Burial Exhumations.
2. The procedure for working in burials will be guided by
the international standards established in the relevant agreements
and recommendations. To that effect, the institutions will
work to adapt the procedure to said standards.
3. The technical and scientific works shall include professionals
from different specialties required, including doctors, pathologists,
dentists, anthropologists, archeologists and forensic photographers
among others. The Legal Medicine Institute and the Criminology
Division of Peru’s National Police shall participate
in this multidisciplinary team, together with Peruvian and
foreign forensic experts.
4. Independent experts shall be proposed by the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission and appointed by the Attorney General’s
Office. Their participation will be within the Attorney General’s
Office team, in a framework of professionalism and transparency.
5. The undersigning institutions will work in coordination
to prepare a National Exhumation Plan to guide mid and long
term work in clandestine burials. Likewise, they will prepare
any standard proposal required. They also state their will
to settle any disagreement based on dialogue and good faith.
6. The implementation mechanism for this agreements will be
part of the coordinated work among institutions signing this
Lima June 2002
Nelly Calderón Navarro, Attorney General; Salomón
Lerner Febres, President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission;
Walter Alván Peralta, Ombudsman; Francisco Soberón
Garrido, Executive Secretary of the Human Rights National Coordination