Coletta Youngers papers, 1977-2004 and undated
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- Youngers, Coletta
- Human rights researcher and policy advocate at the Washington Office on Latin America. The Coletta Youngers Papers span the dates 1977-2004, and consist of reports and scholarly research, clippings, correspondence, and government documents related to socio-political conditions and human rights issues in Perú, gathered by Youngers while living in Peru during the 1980s and researching her 2003 book on political violence in Perú.
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The Coletta Youngers Papers span the dates 1977-2004, and consist of reports and scholarly research, clippings, correspondence, and government documents related to socio-political conditions and human rights issues in Perú, gathered by Youngers while living in Peru during the 1980s and researching her 2003 book on political violence in Perú. The collection is divided into the Printed Material and the Subject Files Series; there is also a separate listing at the end of this finding aid of printed works transferred to the Duke University Perkins Library general collections. Beyond the research materials in these series, there are currently no additional personal papers of Youngers in the collection. The Printed Material Series contains published reports on human rights circulated by a wide variety of organizations working inside and outside Perú. Most of the Perú-based human rights organizations are connected with the Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH), an umbrella human rights organization based in Lima. Youngers' research files on human rights issues and a subseries of Peruvian and Latin American serial publications complete the Printed Material Series. The Subject Files Series contains files and informal reports of the CNDDHH and associated human rights organizations, most notably the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), El Centro de Asesoría Laboral del Perú (CEDAL), and the Instituto Defensa Legal (IDL). Further documentation of human rights abuses by government and rebel factions, drug policy files, papers related to former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori's security advisor Vladimiro Montesinos, and the Maoist guerrilla group Sendero Luminoso complete the collection. Material in this collection documents the complex links between Peruvian government policy and international pressure, and the violent tactics employed by revolutionary groups as well as agents of the Peruvian government. Further, it chronicles the consequences of those actions, especially for rural and indigenous populations and local human rights advocates. The collection also contains numerous U.S. government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act which give insight into U.S. diplomacy, military and drug policy. Substantial portions of the collection are in Spanish. Aquired as part of the Human Rights Archive.
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Chronology Date Event 1975Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) founded 1980Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), Maoist guerrilla group, became active in Perú 1982Youngers interned at Washington Office on Latin American (WOLA) 1983Eight Peruvian journalists killed at Uchuraccay 1985Youngers earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton UniversityCoordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos founded in Perú 1985-1987Youngers served as Project Manager at the Perú-Chile Office of the Catholic Relief Services, where she developed, monitored and evaluated rural and urban development and human rights projects by Peruvian NGO's 1987Youngers began working at Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA); currently monitors, analyzes, and disseminates information on political developments, human rights and U.S. Policy in the Andean region of South America 1990Alberto Fujimori elected president of Perú 1992Fujimori dismissed Peruvian legislative and judicial branches in "self coup" 1997Youngers published "Reluctant recruits: The U.S. military and the war on drugs" (August) (WOLA), and "The only war we've got: Drug enforcement in Latin America,"NACLA Report on the Americas, Vol. I, No. 2 (September/October) (WOLA) 1998Youngers published "Drug Certification Doesn't Make the Grade" in The Christian Science Monitor (February 17) 2000Youngers published Deconstructing Democracy: Perú Under President Alberto Fujimori (WOLA)Fujimori resigned in the wake of public outcry over an election bribery scandal involving his advisor Vladimiro Montesinos 2002Youngers published "Collateral Damage: U.S. Drug Control in the Andes" (WOLA) and "Perú's Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos: A Case Study in Coalition Building" (WOLA) 2003Youngers published Violencia Politica y Sociedad Civil en el Perú: Historia de la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos 2005Youngers co-edited, with Eileen Rosin, Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of U.S. Policy, which came out of the Drugs, Democracy, and Human Rights (DDHR) project directed by Youngers and Rosin at WOLA 2006Montesinos, Fujimori advisor, sentenced to 20 years in prison for arms trafficking 2007Fujimori extradited to Perú to stand trial for his involvement in massacres and "disappearances" at Los Barrios Altos and La Cantuta
- Acquisition information:
- The Coletta A. Youngers Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in July 2007.
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Processed by Christian Ferney, November 2007
Encoded by Christian Ferney and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, January 2008
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- Sendero Luminoso (Guerrilla group) -- History
Sendero Luminoso (Guerrilla group) -- Press coverage
Human Rights -- Perú
Human Rights -- Perú -- Cases
Human Rights -- Perú -- History -- 20th century
Communist parties -- Perú.
Fujimori, Alberto -- Press coverage -- Perú.
Drug production, illicit
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- Human Rights Archive (Duke University)
Washington Office on Latin America
Instituto Defensa Legal
El Centro de Asesoría Laboral del Perú.
Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Perú)
Montesinos Torres, Vladimiro
- Peru -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements
Peru -- Politics and government -- 1980-
Peru -- History -- 1980-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Perú.
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