Following civil unrest from the coup attempt and impeachment of President Pedro Castillo in December, at least 49 civilians were killed and over 1,200 wounded by Peruvian security forces in January and February earlier this year, raising concerns about a potential continuation of human rights violations. Mobilizations are expected throughout Peru this week, and authorities there are still threatening the use of force against demonstrators and criminalization of those who wish to exercise their rights.
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined the Mercy Sisters and other religious organizations to send a letter to the U.S. Ambassador in Peru urging stronger action toward the Peruvian government to ensure the rights to freedom of expression and to peaceful protest are respected. Now, Congress is sending a letter of their own.
Amplify our call for the defense of human rights by asking your representative in Congress to sign a Congressional letter that will be sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Use the form below and follow-up with a phone call to maximize your impact. A message from a constituent has great power!
Photos courtesy of the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH) from a press conference in January