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Oscar Maúrtua De Romaña
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jr. Lampa 545
Cercado de Lima, Lima, Perú
Email: [email protected]
Dear Minister Oscar Maúrtua De Romaña,
I am writing to express my concern about the situation of thousands of children and adolescents seeking asylum in Peru. According to the information received, while adults have been granted humanitarian immigration status (a type of temporary legal residency that gives people access to an immigration document during the asylum claim proceedings) in recent months, asylum seekers and refugee children and adolescents were denied this same right.
Civil society organizations have registered at least 20 cases of children and adolescents who were denied the aforementioned humanitarian immigration status, without there being any justification in the current regulations for such a decision. Despite several meetings between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society organizations held in September and October of this year to deal with that serious and pressing issue, there is no institutional response from the Peruvian authorities.
The failure to consider children and adolescents for a migratory condition they are entitled to, and to deliver them immigration documentation is discriminatory and puts thousands of them at risk, as it prevents them from accessing basic human rights, such as access to health and education.
I urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru to adopt without further delay measures to broaden its criteria for issuing humanitarian immigration status to children and adolescents asylum seekers, in order to guarantee they can enjoy all their human rights without any discrimination.