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Government officials in Peru apologize for discrimination against blacks

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Discrimination against blacks in Peru remains ‘a barrier for social, economic, labor and educational development,’ according to a government resolution published Saturday.

Government officials apologized to Afro-Peruvians for centuries of abuse and exclusion, according to media reports.

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The government hopes to promote the ‘true integration’ of Peru’s multicultural population, said Nidia Vilchez, minister of women and social development, the Associated Press reported.

The ancestors of Afro-Peruvians began arriving in the 1500s, often as slaves of Spanish conquistadors.

-- Efrain Hernandez Jr.


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