'Mapping' human rights violations

30 August 2015

The Justice Ministry announced on 26 August that it intends to organise a series of regional dialogues to evaluate the human rights situation on the ground in Peru. Luis Pacheco, an advisor to the vice-ministerial office on human rights and access to justice, said that the idea was to produce a human rights ‘map’ by March 2016, following extensive discussions with regional and local authorities, judicial authorities and with members of the public. Pacheco also said that the ministry was committed to on-going monitoring once the study is complete so as to improve the human rights situation across the whole country. This represents a move in the right direction; let’s hope that this leads to better protection of human rights and that this commitment is respected and carried out by the government that takes office in July next year. See http://larepublica.pe/politica/699091-ministerio-de-justicia-impulsara-dialogos-sobre-la-situacion-actual-de-los-derechos-humanos

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