The last report “IV – V Alternative report of the civil society on the compliance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (period 2006 – 2014)”, which was presented in October 2015, gathers the opinion of 367 boys and girls, and of civil society organisations working for children’s rights. As well, it reviews governmental reports about different child issues, and it is organised in four thematic areas: health, education, protection and participation. Plan International led the development of the protection chapter.
Last week, Sara Oviedo, in representation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (a United Nations human rights treaty bodies), presented the recommendations for the Peruvian government. In her presentation, she noted that the Peruvian Congress had approved a law forbidding physical and/or humiliating punishments towards children. However, she urged the government to implement the law as soon as possible.
In representation of children’s rights organisation, Ramin Shahzamani, Plan International Peru’s director, expressed concern about observations from the previous report (III) that had not been addressed by the Peruvian government during the period from 2006 to 2014. Regarding the approval of the law against physical punishments, he asked:
What is the government doing for its fast spreading? How many families know about it? How many financial resources are being destined to its implementation?
He also referred to boys’ and girls’ participation:
“While some steps have been taken such as the creation of Youth Councils, it is still unclear what the mechanisms are for boys’ and girls’ voices to be incorporated into the policy-making process. There are still no mechanisms to guarantee an adequate accountability towards children”.
Shahzamani finished his presentation making a commitment, on behalf of Plan International, to combine efforts with the State and other civil society organisations in order to implement the Committee’s recommendations.
Key facts about the situation of children in Peru: