UN Human Rights Commissioner lists necessary reforms

15 July 2018

Following the adoption by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of the Peruvian outcome document from last Universal Periodic Review at its 37th session, the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has sent a letter to the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulating the government on its constructive engagement with the UPR review.

However, he drew attention to key areas that he considers need special attention.

Al Hussein welcomed the establishment of the National Commission against Discrimination, as well as approval of the National Human Rights Action Plan (2018 – 2021) which includes LGBTI persons and incorporates a strategic objective to implement international standards regarding business and human rights. He also encouraged Peru fully to implement the human rights plan in consultation with all stakeholders, in particular with civil society, arguing that this would help the government achieve concrete results in the area of human rights.

The Commissioner asked the government to work towards the development of a National Plan of Action on Business and Human Rights and to develop a specific protocol for the protection of human rights defenders as well as the establishment of a mechanisms to that end.

He also asked the government to strengthen measures to prevent police violence and to investigate cases of unlawful killings, torture and other forms of ill-treatment. With regards to the right to health, he asked for access to family planning and comprehensive sexual education and sexual and reproductive health care to be enhanced, and for the decriminalisation of abortion in cases of rape, incest, non-viability of the foetus and endangerment to the mother’s health. For full details, see the letter here. You can also view the entire UPR session via this link.


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