Peru: UN human rights office calls for investigation into protesters’ deaths
Spokesperson Marta Hurtado said: “We are deeply concerned about the increased violence in Peru, which on Monday 9 January saw one of the bloodiest days since the unrest. stability broke out in early December”. statement.
Protests erupted after former President Pedro Castillo tried to dissolve Congress and rule by decree, which many consider unconstitutional.
Mr. Castillo was later arrested and replaced by the Vice President, sending his supporters into the streets.
The latest deadly clash
Clashes between police and armed forces left about 40 people dead and 518 injured.
Citing official reports, OHCHR said at least 17 people, including a minor, were killed Monday in Juliaca, an area south of Puno, while a police officer was killed Tuesday after his car burnt.
“We ask the authorities to do this Fast, objective and effective investigation Ms. Hurtado said:
“We note that the Government has sent a high-level delegation to Puno and has convened a national dialogue platform. It is essential that any negotiation be meaningful, with all stakeholders involved,” she added.
Appeal for restraint
Ahead of a planned nationwide strike in the coming days, OHCHR has urged protesters to show restraint while exercising their right to peaceful assembly.
“We reiterate our call to the security forces compliance with human rights standards and make sure that the force is Only used when absolutely necessaryand, if so, in full compliance with the principles of legitimacy, prudence and proportionality,” said Ms. Hurtado.