“This is a timely and essential opportunity for me to gather first-hand information and to engage with all actors to find out whether human rights defenders are able to promote and protect human rights in a safe and enabling environment in Peru,” Forst said.
During his 14-day visit, the UN expert will travel to Lima and to the departments of Piura, Madre de Dios, Cuzco and Ucayali. He will meet with State officials as well as human rights defenders and a broad range of civil society representatives from various parts of the country.
Forst will also meet with representatives of the private sector, such as national and transnational companies operating in Peru, to assess their support and engagement with human rights defenders and local communities affected by their operations.
“I look forward to offering my technical cooperation to the Peruvian authorities and my support to human rights defenders and civil society, to identifying and addressing the challenges they face, and to seizing the opportunity to empower their vital and legitimate work”, he added.
Forst will share his preliminary findings and recommendations at a news conference on Monday 3 February at Hotel Dazzler Miraflores, Lima. Access to the conference is strictly limited to journalists.
The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report of his visit to the UN Human Rights Council session in March 2021.