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Urgent Action: Evictions of Vulnerable People (Peru: UA 90.20)

May 27, 2020

On 22 May 2020, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra extended strict measures to tackle COVID-19, including lockdowns and curfews until 30 June. Impacted by these measures, many vulnerable people, such as Venezuelan refugees, were left unprotected, are not able to pay their rent and are being evicted from their homes. A lack of protection of people’s right to housing in the government’s COVID-19 response puts Peruvians and Venezuelans at heightened risk of violations of their rights to housing and health. We call for urgent protection measures for refugees and people living in poverty.

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President Martín Vizcarra Due to postal restrictions caused by COVID-19, please only send physical mail to the Embassy Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Hugo de Zela Embassy of Peru 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 Phone: 202 833 9860 I Fax: 202 659 8124 Email: [email protected] Twitter: @PeruInTheUSA Instagram: @peruintheusa Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2IoKk6P Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Vizcarra, I am appalled by the reports that refugees and people in very vulnerable situations have been evicted from their homes in Perú during the COVID-19 pandemic. For people to comply with the measures being implemented by your government, including lockdowns and curfews, people must have a home to stay in. Any government response plan to COVID-19 must ensure everyone’s right to housing and health are protected, including that of over 861,000 Venezuelans in Peru seeking international protection and the over 1.2 million people who lost their jobs between February and April. I ask you to put an end to the evictions of those most in need. I also demand you include adequate protection of the right to housing for all in your government’s response plan during and after the pandemic. Yours sincerely, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES