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McFarren is a United States and Bolivian citizen and Director of Human Rights Americas, an organization devoted to monitoring and protecting the full enjoyment of human rights in the Americas and General Editor of the online journal Human Rights in Ecuador.
Peter McFarren is also President of the Quipus Foundation and directs a telemedicine, online education and a geographic information system to support the health sector in rural and peri-urban areas worldwide.
McFarren has extensive multidisciplinary expertise. He was a consultant to the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank, developed the project Entra 21 Bolivia to train indigenous youth in information technology and promoted the construction of several museums in Bolivia. He worked in developing and financing projects in the fields of community tourism, children’s education, alternative energy, rural telecommunications, geographic information systems, SMEs and handicrafts. He was CEO of the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation.
He was also Publisher of the “Bolivian Times” that did extensive investigative reporting and provided coverage of human rights issues, corruption and the socio-cultural-political reality of Bolivia. He also founded the Bolivian Photo Agency, the largest stock agency in Bolivia with 75,000 photographs. He was correspondent for the Associated Press and Newsweek, contributed to the BBC, Excelsior, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, among other publications. He is the author of 12 books and participated in the production of several documentaries with major international production companies, including “Hotel Terminus: the Life and Times of Klaus Barbie,” which won an Oscar for best documentary.
He currently resides in Virginia, U.S.A.