As an international human rights agency, we wish to express our deep concern about the growing threats to human rights and democracy in Peru. The situation in the country has been alarming, with a notable lack of accountability for the actions of Peruvian security forces responsible for the disproportionate and deadly use of force against anti-government protesters in recent months. This alarming trend, as highlighted by lawmakers, reflects underlying corruption and impunity, which have undermined Peru's democracy and contributed to widespread political disillusionment.
During the peak period of mass protests from December to February, the world witnessed the tragic death of 49 civilians as a result of military and police repression, and another 11 people died as a result of blockades. In addition, seven soldiers and one policeman were killed. It is sad to see the recurrence of protests after July 19, pointing to unresolved issues and seething discontent in society.
Adding to our concern, fifteen members of Congress from the Democratic Party sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The purpose of the letter was to warn him of the worsening situation in Peru, a country that has been struggling with social upheaval since President Boluarte's inauguration last December following Pedro Castillo's failed coup attempt.
West Support fully aligns itself with the concerns voiced by the Democratic lawmakers. We firmly believe that safeguarding human rights is a universal responsibility and should be at the forefront of international cooperation and diplomacy. Human rights violations, particularly the disproportionate use of force against peaceful demonstrators, pose a significant threat to the very core of democracy and justice that Peru aspires to uphold.
Inaction or delay in addressing the pressing human rights concerns in Peru will only exacerbate instability in the region, embolden undemocratic actors, and potentially increase illegal migration. As an international human rights organization, we firmly believe that promoting and protecting human rights is essential for fostering a just, inclusive, and democratic society in Peru and around the world.
In conclusion, we are deeply committed to upholding human rights and democracy globally. Our concerns about the situation in Peru underscore the urgency of the matter, and we call upon the international community, led by the United States, to support the Peruvian people during this critical juncture. By working together, we can uphold the principles of human rights and democracy and pave the way for a brighter and more equitable future for all.