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Javier Diez Canseco

Javier Diez Canseco Cisneros is a Peruvian politician and former member of the Peruvian Congress representing the party Partido Democratico Descentralista (PDD), of which he is a co-founder. He was also a candidate for President of Peru as the head of the Socialist Party of Peru in 2006 elections. An avowed socialist, Diez Canseco contributes regular OpEds to the center-left daily La Republica.

During the 1990s, Diez Canseco was a vigorous opponent of President Alberto Fujimori. He was also involved in investigations of human rights violations committed by both Shining Path and the Peruvian Armed Forces, and was repeatedly given death threats by both groups involved in the armed conflict.

Diez Canseco was taken captive in the 1997 Japanese embassy hostage crisis in Lima, but was released after several days. He subsequently called for a negotiated peace settlement between the government and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement insurgents.

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"A contracorriente" Javier Diez Canseco column in "La Republica"

Javier Diez Canseco radio comments

Socialist Party (Peru)

Interview - Radio France International: "Javier Diez Canseco, la pasion politica"

Interview with Javier Diez Canseco

"Avances y contusiones politicas tras el paro"

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