Security & Strategic Review - July 2024

PERU: Congress rushes through a string of controversial bills

Peru’s unicameral congress rapidly approved a number of widely criticised bills in the final stretch of the last legislative period, which ended on 17 June. These included proposals to increase the government’s control over NGOs, to absolve political parties of legal responsibility for crimes committed by their members, to grant sweeping amnesties for crimes against humanity committed during Peru’s internal conflict, and to replace the judicial oversight body (JNJ). The US-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a damning assessment of congress on 12 June, accusing it of “accelerating steps that undermine judicial independence, restrict civic space, and hinder investigations into organised crime and human rights violations”.

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