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OHCHR Regional Representative carried out human rights activities in Peru

24 de July, 2017

Photo: OHCHR South AmericaSANTIAGO (24 July 2017) – On 18-20 July, the Representative for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Amerigo Incalcaterra, carried out a visit to Lima (Peru). Activities included meetings with national authorities and civil society groups.

Human rights events

On 19 July, the OHCHR Representative delivered a keynote speech in a training session for business associations grouped in the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP). During the meeting, Mr. Incalcaterra highlighted the relevance of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the global agenda. The event gathered over 20 representatives of companies operating in the country.

The OHCHR Representative in the region also gave a presentation during an event named “Why we need to discuss gender issues”, organized by the Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations, the European Union and the UN System in Peru. During the event, he stressed that “it is impossible to fully reach human potential and sustainable development if we continue depriving half of the world’s population of opportunities and the full enjoyment of their human rights”.

Mr. Incalcaterra also held a meeting with representatives from Peruvian civil society organization, who expressed concern over recent setbacks in ensuring the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, as well as the situation of sexual and reproductive rights in the country.

The OHCHR Representative also attended a session of the National Human Rights Council of Peru, an advisory body to the Executive branch on human rights issues. During the session, the Regional Office was designated as a permanent observer of this national body.

Bilateral meetings

During the visit, Mr. Incalcaterra gathered with the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ms. María Soledad Pérez Tello, in order to discuss matters of common interest and to share opinions on different human rights situations in the country.

He also held a meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator in Peru, Ms. María del Carmen Sacasa, to plan new joint activities to be carried out in the country.


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