Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed
On 27 March, Congress passed a police protection law that exempts from criminal liability all security force personnel who cause death or injury while on duty. The move comes after President Martín Vizcarra decreed a national emergency on March 15, as part of which constitutional rights and guarantees – including those on freedom of assembly and movement, and the right not be arrested or to have one’s home entered without a written court order from a judge – were put on hold. While the state of emergency is in force, the police may conduct checks and interventions with the support of the armed forces. The United Nations Office for Human Rights warned the new law violates international human rights rules and standards and called on Congress to overturn it.