Pulse between UN and Peru: High Commissioner asks Boluarte for explanation for repression of protests

Pulse between UN and Peru: High Commissioner asks Boluarte for explanation for repression of protests

Protest in Lima on January 31. Antonio Melgarejo (EFE)

The government of Dina Boluarte owes a response to the UN since last Friday. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has sent a letter to the Representative of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations, Ambassador Luis Juan Chuquihuara, requesting that it be sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs as soon as possible, Ana Gervasi, to send. possible. . In the document, the institution expresses its deep concern about the social unrest that has plagued Peru for almost three months, but above all calls for responsibility on the part of the authorities.

“We have information on the alleged disproportionate use of force that has caused a large number of unlawful deaths, alleged abuse of the crime of terrorism against protesters and dissidents, alleged arbitrary arrests, an enforced disappearance case, stigmatization and violations of due process. protesters,” reads the official letter, signed by eight special rapporteurs led by Clement Nyaletsossi of Togo, Mary Lawlor of Ireland and Pedro Arrojo Agudo of Spain.

The letter refers to the “excessive use of tear gas, the excessive presence of the police and army and aggression” and the infiltration of police officers at the demonstrations. “Civil society claims it is common practice for law enforcement officers to participate in protests disguised as civilians, seeking to incite violence and justify military and police actions to respond with repression.” roadblocks in various regions of the country, particularly in the southern highlands such as Ayacucho and Puno.

The document contains journalistic research that reportedly discovered traces of AKM rifle ammunition in the bodies of some of the dead, as well as metal bullets, prohibited ammunition, especially when fired at close range. According to the Ombudsman’s latest report, 60 people were killed, 1,301 civilians were injured and 580 police officers suffered some injuries.

It also reports on the police raid on the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos last January, which arrested nearly 200 people, including students and protesters; physical and verbal attacks on 60 journalists, a case of enforced disappearance and “official speeches suggesting they are at war and labeling those protesting as enemies or terrorists, which served to launch a justifiable offensive by the armed forces”.

“We underline the obligation of the state to conduct full, prompt, effective, impartial and independent investigations into all alleged human rights violations committed by law enforcement agencies,” the letter said. With that in mind, the Special Rapporteurs request that detailed information on each of these consultations be sent to them within a maximum of 60 days. So far, the board has not made a decision.

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