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Flurry of Presidential Initiatives in Peru Criticized as Affront to Basic Rights

LADB Article ID: 80248
Category/Department: Peru
Date: 2017-03-24
By: Elsa Chanduví Jaña

Civic, indigenous, and labor organizations are challenging a number of legislative decrees approved by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s government, saying they violate human, labor, and indigenous rights.For their part, government officials say the decrees––included among the 112 issued under the delegation of powers approved by Congress on Sept. 29, 2016––are meant to simplify procedures and facilitate investments.“ Together, the 112 measures have one objective: to move Peru toward being a more just country, with more opportunities and greater modernity,” the presidency of the Council of Ministers said in a press release in January. “The 112 laws issued focus on five areas: total water and sanitation coverage, economic reactivation and formalization, the battle against corruption, citizen safety, and administrative simplification.” The decrees are being reviewed and debated in Congress. A working group created by the Constitution Commission for the purpose of conducting the review will write a report recommending approval, modification, or rejection of each decree. The report will then go to the Constitution Commission and the Permanent Commission in Congress.

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