Communique on HRDs welcomes protocol but expresses further concerns
17 May 2019
The PEP, the international network of Catholic organisations (CIDSE) and the Belgian-based CNCD-11.11.11 that represents francophone organisations have issued a press release expressing their satisfaction about the adoption of the protocol for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Peru. They say it is a significant first step towards the development of a comprehensive policy for the promotion and protection of HRDs.
However, still worrying are the backlash responses from sectors that see HRD activities as a threat to economic progress. The three organisations have expressed concern at a series of comments from opposing factions on social media. Such attitudes serve to reinforce the stigma attached to human rights defenders; they also reveal the sort of threats that defenders continually face.
There is still a long way to go in adopting a comprehensive policy to protect HRDs and underscore respect and promotion of human rights for all Peruvians.