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Thursday, August 18, 2022

UN concerned about anti-rights laws and plans in Peru

LIMA ( Associated Press) — Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Wednesday she was concerned about laws and legislative projects that have been implicated in conflict of rights in Peru by Congress or President Pedro Castillo’s government. ,

“What worries me is this so-called anti-rights agenda, which we have expressed in some bills, some of which have been approved, and others that have yet to be approved,” Bachelet told a news conference in Lima. not found.” an official tour.

“There are worrying signs that anti-rights movements are gaining ground. I am concerned that hate speech and discrimination and violence against opponents, migrants and others may intensify during the local and regional elections due in October”, the high commissioner indicated.

Bachelet recalled the case of an amendment to the immigration law approved by Peru’s parliament in early July, which encourages landlords to require proof of immigration status from migrants before executing rental contracts. According to the United Nations, Peru hosts about 1.3 million Venezuelans and many have not regularized their immigration status.

The high commissioner said another issue he finds “very serious” is a project being prepared by President Pedro Castillo’s government that seeks to jail minors – between the ages of 16 and 18 – commit crimes such as murder on contract. In Peru, the age of majority is attained at 18 years. “This violates all international agreements and conventions on the rights of children, which Peru has ratified and is a party to,” he said.

Bachelet indicated that there are other anti-rights examples “that seem minor, but they are not minor” such as the attempt to rename the Ministry of Women to the Ministry of the Family, which was promoted by a conservative legislator. Peruvian Marxist Party Free. “That, one might say: But what does it matter! It is a name change,” he said. One doesn’t care that women are more marginalized, more discriminated against.”

He also mentioned the fact that Peru “is implicit in not recognizing sexual and reproductive rights, so they are initiatives that seem modest, but that there is an undercurrent of an anti-rights agenda that worries me. “

The high commissioner said he hoped that not all anti-rights legislative initiatives—both the Congress and the government—will prosper.

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