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Government officials in Peru apologize for discrimination against blacks

November 28, 2009 |  6:27 pm

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.

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.