SAHR Tuesday Talks – Ruth Elena Borja Santa Cruz: The Use of the Archives of the Peruvian Commission for Truth and Reconciliation

ICA-SAHR invites you to our next First Tuesday Talk on October 4, 2022


Ruth Elena Borja Santa Cruz, Professor at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru


The Use of the Archives of the Peruvian Commission for Truth and Reconciliation


The use of archives in the work of reconstructing our recent history of human rights violations has made its presence felt through the work of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation (CVR in its Spanish acronym: Comisión de la Verdad y Reconciliación). Through the Documentation Unit (DU), bibliographical and documentary information was sought and amassed in both public and private institutions, to then be used by the different areas of the CVR, in compliance with their research into the causes and consequences of the internal armed conflict in Peru, between 1980 and 2000. The work by the DU has been extremely relevant and of major importance, centering, from the beginning, on the organisation and description of the documentary heritage built up over time in the various areas of the CVR. This was subsequently transferred over to the Peruvian Ombudsman's Office, an institution that took on the responsibility of preserving it and making it available to the institutions responsible for implementing the recommendations of the CVR in its Final Report. This has been fundamental in the administration of justice, reparations and the strengthening of the historic and social memory of Peru.

Ruth Elena Borja Santa Cruz is a Peruvian historian who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), where she is now a professor in the History Department of the Social Science Faculty. From 1998 to 2002, she worked at the National Archives (Archivo General de la Nación). She was a member of Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2002 to 2003 and worked in the Public Defender’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) from 2004 to 2012. She has acted as a consultant for the Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion (LUM), attended meetings, workshops and colloquia in a number of countries in Europe and the Americas and taken part in various collaborative exchanges on archiving and memory preservation.


October 4, 2022, 04:00 PM CET

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