• 30 April 2012
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UPR: Argentina and Peru are being reviewed!

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In 6 months, Peru and Argentina will be exam­ined, in the con­text of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), in order to review both the pro­gress made by these states and the recur­ring human rights vio­la­tions since their last review (2008).

Willing to voice the con­cerns of the poorest people of Argentina and Peru, Heart’s Home just sub­mitted to the United Nations, jointly with other NGOs, two reports on chil­dren rights in these two states.

These reports arise from a close col­lab­o­ra­tion between Heart’s Home Representation Office to the UN and the vol­un­teers on the field in Peru and Argentina. An open-ended ques­tion­naire was sent to them 2 months ago. The vol­un­teers them­selves got their friends to con­tribute (par­ents, chil­dren, stu­dents, teachers, police offi­cers, civil ser­vants…) in order to better grasp the main human rights vio­la­tions their friends go through.

Heart’s Home first looked, for each theme, at the pro­gress and efforts made by the State to allow its people to enjoy their rights effec­tively.

The report then empha­sized the major chal­lenges con­cerning child pro­tec­tion such as the right to edu­ca­tion (access, quality and dropout), the right to health (drugs, quality of med­ical care in hos­pi­tals…), vio­lence within fam­i­lies…

Finally, Heart’s Home sug­gested solu­tions to address some obsta­cles.

What hap­pens next? How to sup­port and value such reports?

Here is a true chal­lenge for our vol­un­teers on the field and for the Geneva rep­re­sen­ta­tion office to the UN. It will first be nec­es­sary to spread word about the report and to appeal to the diplo­matic mis­sions of Argentina and Peru in Geneva, in the hope of estab­lishing a dia­logue. It will also be essen­tial to ensure the follow-up of the rec­om­men­da­tions that will have been endorsed by the 2 states, fol­lowing their next review in October 2012. Did they take the rec­om­men­da­tions into account? Which mea­sures have been taken to imple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions? Can we observe any results? Consequently, lob­bying in these two coun­tries as well as in Geneva will be con­di­tion to these reports not being for­gotten.

Joint sub­mis­sion on Peru:

PDF - 393.1 kb

Joint sub­mis­sion on Argentina:

PDF - 261.2 kb

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