PEP appeal to new government

22 April 2018

The Plataforma Europa Peru (PEP) has issued an urgent appeal to the new Vizcarra government, urging it to adopt an active policy for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs). It suggests adherence to the guidelines set out by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and other international organisations.

The PEP, of which the Peru Support Group is a member, argues that the predicament facing HRDs is particularly problematic in more remote areas of Peru where the presence of the state is weakest. It cites the case, for example, of threats against those seeking to uphold the integrity of the Chaparrí natural reserve in Lambayeque.

It demands that the public prosecutor initiates an urgent investigation into the killing of Napoleón Tarillo and into various death threats. It calls on the interior minister to beef up police protection for HDRs in both Chaparrí and in Santa Clara de Uchunya in Ucayali. It appeals to the justice minister to adhere to IACHR recommendations for the protection of HDRs nationwide. Finally, it asks the foreign minister to invite the UN Rapporteur on HDRs to visit Peru.

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