membership at the Council ended in 2014. Peru was a relatively strong supporter
of the Council's work on country situations. Its engagement was principled and
Although Peru abstained on the resolution on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, it voted in favor of all other country resolutions adopted under the Human Rights Council’s agenda Items 2 and 4 in 2014. It also voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). Regrettably, Peru failed to support joint statements addressing the situations in Egypt and Bahrain, despite the grave human rights violations in these countries.
It is concerning not only that Peru maintained a practice of refraining from co-sponsoring any country resolutions presented at the Council but also that it scarcely intervened during the Council’s debate on country situations. This behavior contrasts with its strong voting record.
As an observer state again in 2015, Peru should review its approach of not co-sponsoring country resolutions. It should also be more vocal during country-specific debates in order to remain a relevant player within the Council.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
In 2012 and 2013, Peru voted in favor of all country resolutions put to the vote at the Council under agenda items 2 and 4. However, unlike some of its peers in the Latin American and Caribbean Group, Peru did not support the joint statements that addressed the human rights situation in Bahrain or Eritrea. Peru did join the statements on country situations and on Security Council referral of the Syrian case to the ICC.
Peru voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories
During 2012 and 2013, Peru stepped back from its
practice of co-sponsoring country resolutions and supported only one resolution,
on Syria. Peru also seldom participated in
country-specific debates at the Council. Peru should revisit these practices in
order to consolidate its engagement on the Council’s mandate to respond to