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Lima, Dec. 07 (ANDINA). The government of Peru apologized to African-origin citizens for the first time for centuries of discrimination, abuse and exclusion and thanked them for their contributions to the Peruvian culture.
President Alan García chairs ceremony of historic Apology to AfroPeruvians. Photo: ANDINA/ Vidal Tarqui
President Alan García chairs ceremony of historic Apology to AfroPeruvians. Photo: ANDINA/ Vidal Tarqui


In a ceremony held at the Great Dining Room of the Government Palace, President Alan Garcia made a call to all public and private institutions to eradicate exclusion and racism and understand the meaning of this apology. 

"Today is the day that we apologize to Afro-Peruvian citizens. I tell you that with your help we can eradicate exclusion and racism in Peru," he said.

According a supreme resolution issued today by the Women and Development Ministry (Mimdes), the government “apologized for the first time to Afro-Peruvians for centuries of abuse, exclusion and discrimination”.

The first Africans arrived in Peru in the 16th Century as slaves of the Spanish conquistadors.

Slavery was abolished in Peru in 1854. Since then, African-Peruvians have made an extremely important contribution to Peruvian culture, particularly in arts, cuisine and sports.

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Date: 07/12/2009
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