Geneva (EFE).- A group of United Nations experts today called for an end to the violence in Peru, expressed concern about reports of repression, arbitrary killings, arrests and detentions in the country and urged the Peruvian authorities to ” establish a genuine dialogue with the people”.
“In any democratic society people have the right to protest and raise concerns about political changes that affect their lives and livelihoods,” the experts said.
They considered that the protesters’ aspirations should be taken into account in the dialogue that could be established to put an end to the protests in the country.
The UN group of experts echoed the latest report from the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office, which has registered 48 deaths and 1,301 injuries in the country since the protests began in December, after the removal of former President Pedro Castillo for his attempted to shut down Congress and rule by decree.
The first magistracy thus fell to the current president Dina Boluarte.
The United Nations rapporteurs recalled that an “initially legal” detention may end up being a forced disappearance if the authorities do not provide details about the situation of the detainees.
In this sense, they asked the Government of Peru to guarantee “exhaustive, fast, effective and independent” investigations into the alleged human rights violations in the context of the repression of the protests.
Among the experts signing this statement are the UN rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and association, Clément N. Voule; the rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Morris Tidball-Binz and the members of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.