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International Statement in Solidarity with the People of Peru and Allied Social Organizations


– On January 12th 2023 various allied social organizations which fight for the defense of Human Rights, life and territories in Peru released, in an initiative headed by Red Muqui, a ‘Statement to the International Human Rights Community: We denounce serious violations of Human Rights in Peru by the government of Dina Boluarte’. In the statement (translated into English below), organizations denounce the Human Rights violations resulting from the violent repression by Peru’s current government against the population. As international organizations that support the defense of Human Rights, life and territories, we express our deep solidarity with the Peruvian people for the brutal government repression they are suffering, and we firmly adhere to the statement launched on January 12th.

Statement in Spanish and list of Peruvian organizations that issued the statement at these links: Red Muqui-FB ; Red Muqui-Twitter

If your organization wants to adhere to the pronouncement, please register at this link LINK 

Below, the statement translated into English:                                                                                                                                                                                                                              __________________________________________________



The undersigned civil society of the southern Andes of Peru – made up of social organizations, human rights organizations, peasant organizations, women’s organizations, youth organizations and native peoples’ organizations, among others – addresses the international community defending Human Rights to point out that:

1: On January 9th in Juliaca, Puno, another 17 Peruvian citizens were murdered. The Peruvian State, instead of protecting the fundamental right to life, has once again transgressed it. With the 6 deaths in Apurímac, 10 in Ayacucho, 2 in Arequipa, 3 in Junín and 3 in La Libertad, at least 41 Peruvians, including five minors, have been murdered in just over a month of President Dina Boluarte’s government.

2: In addition to this lethality by the Peruvian State there have been numerous serious civilian injuries and other police injuries. We are seeing people arbitrarily detained, extrajudicial executions, torture, cruel and inhumane treatment; as well as the search of homes, criminalization against social leaders, human rights institutions and Congressmen, plus interferences at the premises of political parties and social organizations. The presence of police officers dressed in civilian clothes (known as ternas  – government intelligence groups), who carry out arbitrary arrests, has also been denounced. All this takes place in the midst of a declared State of National Emergency.

3: President Dina Boluarte has reiterated that she “does not understand what the protesters are asking for.” Instead she accuses them of being inciters and terrorists, stigmatizing their claims. The demands of the Peruvian people protesting in the south and across the country as a whole, while they are diverse, are clear – and are born of indignation in the face of deep malaise and a questioning of the model of political and economic representation. The mobilizations coincide on 4 important points: the advancement of new general elections for 2023; the closure of Congress; a constituent assembly for a new Constitution; and now the RESIGNATION of President Dina Boluarte.

4: To the political myopia of the president, and the repressive denialism of the Premier (Alberto Otalora is President of the Council of Ministers of Peru) and the Council of Ministers exercised through the police and military forces, and as expressed on the night of January 9 from the Government Palace, can be added the implementation of a normative architecture that instrumentalizes criminal law with the aim of criminalizing the right to protest and freedom of expression, and limiting freedom of association. The Congress of the Republic and the Executive are both responsible for this – the manner in which they operate together having been confirmed once again by the vote of confidence granted to the Otarola cabinet, which is responsible for the human rights violations described in the previous paragraphs.

In this context of open violation of rights in our country, we turn to the international human rights community and the supranational bodies that seek to guarantee the validity of human rights and democracy to REQUEST their pronouncement and vigilance in safeguarding the fundamental rights of the Peruvian people who today exercise their right to protest. We request, in turn, that the international community exert its influence upon the Peruvian State to urgently and quickly create an independent Commission of Investigation to clarify the responsibility for the deaths of the 41 people, which unfortunately includes at least five minors.

Peru January 12, 2023

List of Peruvian organizations that launched and signed the pronouncement:
  • Red Muqui
  • Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente – DHUMA (Puno, Perú)
  • Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas – CBC
  • MiryaDerechos Humanos Sin Fronteras – DHSF
  • Movimiento Manuela Ramos
  • Asociación de Mujeres “Sinchi Warmi”
  • Centro de Cultura Popular Labor – Pasco
  • Red Agua Desarrollo y Democracia – REDAD
  • Asociación Nación Quechua – Qichwa Ayllu
  • Federación de Mujeres Wiñay Warmi de la Región Puno – FEMURP
  • Federación de Organizaciones de Mujeres Unidas para el Desarrollo con Equidad de la Provincia de Azángaro – FOMUDE
  • CooperAcción 
  • Institue Estudios de las Culturas Andinas- IDECA
  • Asociación Marianista de Acción Social – AMAS
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Andino Amazónico – Huñuq Mayu 
  • Centro Andino de Educación y Promoción (CADEP) “José María Arguedas”
  • Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario – CEDAP Ayacucho
  • Colectivo Santiaguinos en Acción.
  • Promoción “Amauta” 1991 – Colegio Emblemático César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza
  • Comisión Episcopal de Acción Social – CEAS
  • Kuskalla Abya Yala
  • Red Iglesias y MInería – Nodo Perú
  • Los autoconvocados del Distrito de Santa Lucia.
  • Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos Aprodeh sede Apurímac.
  • Asociación Proyecto Amigo

List of international organizations that adhere to the pronouncement:

  • TerraJusta, Bolivia/UK
  • Alianza Centro Americana Frente a la Mineria (ACAFREMIN)
  • Pax Christi Internacional Programa para América Latina y el Caribe
  • Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos Bartolome Carrasco Briseño AC, Mexico
  • Coletivo Decolonial, Brasil
  • Global Justice Now, United Kingdom
  • The Corner House, United Kingdom
  • Institute for Policy Studies – Global Economy Program, USA
  • MiningWatch Canada
  • Common Frontiers, Canada
  • Human Rights Foundations University of Regina, Canada
  • Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network, Atlantic Canada
  • Peruvian Student Association – University of Toronto, Canada

If your organization wants to adhere to the pronouncement, please register at this link LINK 

Below, the Statement in Spanish and list of Peruvian organizations that signet it: