Photo: Ombuds Office of Peru

In Peru, OHCHR representative engaged in human rights activities

29 de July, 2017
Photo: Ombuds Office of PeruSANTIAGO (28 June 2017) – The Regional Representative for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Amerigo Incalcaterra, visited Lima (Peru) from 6 to 9 June in order to participate in a variety of human rights activities, along with national authorities and institutional representatives.
 
Activities with the Ombuds Office
 
On 6 June, Mr. Incalcaterra attended a working meeting convened by the Ombuds Office in order to asses the implementation of policies, measures and norms foreseen in the National Plan for the Development of Afro Peruvians (PLANDEPA). Participants highlighted the importance of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent and how to articulate it with the goals of PLANDEPA.
 
Subsequently, the Regional Representative imparted a training session on business and human rights for deputy ombudspersons, heads of departments and commissioners of the Ombuds Office. In this context, OHCHR presented the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights and the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development, with a view to designing a roadmap of activities for the Ombuds Office in this area.
 
In addition, the OHCHR Representative and the Ombudsman of Peru, Mr. Walter Gutiérrez, held a meeting in order to advance the design of human rights policy and also discussed the National Human Rights Plan and ongoing legal reforms in Congress. 
 
Bilateral meetings
 
The mission also included a meeting with the Interior Minister, Mr. Carlos Basombrío, in which both parties discussed a wide range of issues such as migration, a law regulating the use of force -promoted by the OHCHR regional office- and considerations on internal regulations of the Ministry.
 
Moreover, the OHCHR Representative held a meeting with the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ms. Marisol Pérez Tello, to analyze the human rights situation in the country. During the meeting, Mr. Incalcaterra expressed concern over the review of legislative decrees in Congress.
 
He also met with the Vice-minister of Territorial Governance, Mr. Javier Fernández Concha, to discuss issues such as social conflicts and the need to further develop areas such as business and human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples.
 
Mr. Incalcaterra also held a meeting with the President of Congress, Ms. Luz Salgado, to express the regional office’s views on recent legal setbacks in the country. In addition, he met with lawmaker Alberto de Belaúnde to analyze possible steps towards the introduction of new draft legislations to advance gender identity and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI).
 
Finally, the UN representative participated in a meeting with members of the National Human Rights Coordinator (CNDDHH) to analyze current concerns of civil society groups with regards to the current human rights situation in the country, particularly in relation to human rights defenders and delays in the implementation of recommendations made by the National Truth Commission, among other issues.
 
ENDS
 
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