What Should A Government Do About A Hostage Crisis?
May 13, 1997
in this forum:
Does media affect negotiations? Were the commandos instructed to kill the rebels? What are conditions in Peruvian jails? What happened to the miners digging the tunnel? How would the United States have handled the crisis?
May 13, 1997:
A panel with Bob Taubert discusses the tactics used to re-take the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
February 3, 1997:
A newsmaker interview with Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.
January 27, 1997:
Charlayne Hunter-Gault gets an update on the hostage situation from NPR reporter Jonathan Miller.
January 2, 1997:
Jim Lehrer speaks with journalist Jonathan Miller, reporting live from Peru.
December 23, 1996:
Marxist rebels released 225 hostages from the Japanese ambassador's residence in a "good will" Christmas gesture.
December 19, 1996:
In a stunning attack, a band of Peruvian rebels stormed the Japanese embassy in Lima holding 490 hostage.
Browse NewsHour coverage of Latin America.
Patrick Irwin of Titusville, PA asks:
Do you have any information on the prison conditions in Peru? Are they being monitored by AI?
William Schulz responds:
Amnesty has been monitoring the treatment of those in custody and the conditions of prisons in Peru for many years. We have documented cases of torture by the police of detainees. Peruvian prisons are among the harshest on the continent. Prisoners are sometimes held in isolation for long periods of time, at painfully cold tempertaures and without adequate medical care. To this extent some of the issues raised by the Tupac Amaru had a basis in fact though of course that does not justify the methods they used to pursue their goals.
Bob Taubert responds:
Only from what I glean from the media. I am sure Amnesty International is aware of Peruvian prison conditions. Everything is relative, however, I would not relish the idea of incarceration anywhere, perhaps in the United States.