GENEVA (3 November 2017) – Peru’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Peru is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 November. Peru’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and November 2012, respectively.
The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: combatting discrimination in all its forms, including against indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, persons with disabilities and based on sexual orientation and gender identity; promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, their land rights, and preventing the extraction of natural resources on indigenous territories; ensuring indigenous peoples' were able to participate in decision-making processes; the environmental impact on human rights; protecting human rights defenders, national human rights action plan; combatting discrimination and violence against women; reported cases of excessive use of force by police; addressing prison overcrowding; ensuring freedom of expression and of the media; tackling human trafficking; steps to eliminate child labour; women's access to justice; steps to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape; ; the high rates of teenage pregnancy; birth registration; and education and bilingual intercultural education.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Peru on 8 November can be found here.
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Wednesday, 8 November (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)
The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.
The delegation of Peru will be headed by José Manuel Coloma Marquina, Vice Minister of Human Rights and Access to Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Peru are: Bolivia, Japan and Portugal.
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Peru will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link.
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Peru at 17.30 on 10 November. The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.
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