Peru: Human rights in decline

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56th Session of the Human Rights Council

ID with SR on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

28 July 2024

Oral Statement by Már Pérez- The National Coordinator for Human Rights[1]

The National Coordinator for Human Rights welcomes the country report presented by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. However, we must point out that the situation in Peru continues to deteriorate: the Congress is promoting a series of norms that will definitively put an end to democracy and the separation of powers, allowing them to control the judiciary, the electoral justice system and civil society organisations, which they intend to prevent, for example, from participating in political advocacy activities. Poverty and malnutrition figures are only getting worse in the country, reaching levels similar to those we had during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We deeply regret the situation of the people who remain arbitrarily deprived of their liberty until today just for having participated in demonstrations against the regime of Dina Boluarte. In particular, we deplore the situation of indigenous citizens whose rights under Convention 169 of ILO have been systematically violated. The State pays for private defence for the police perpetrators but abandons them to their fate. We also deplore the situation of the seriously injured and disabled people who are not receiving any support from the State for their rehabilitation.

[1] The National Coordinator for Human Rights in Peru is a member organisation of the SOS-Torture Network of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).