As of November 10, 2023, Venezuelan nationals in Peru will no longer be able to apply for temporary protection. This status is essential for refugees to have a regular migratory status, access to basic rights, and protection against forced returns to Venezuela. Survivors of gender-based violence face heightened risks if excluded from this status. Venezuelan refugees should be granted temporary protection through programs that are fully accessible. We call on the Superintendent of Migrations to repeal this deadline, or at least extend it, to ensure all Venezuelans can apply for the permit.
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Mr. Armando García Chunga
Superintendente Nacional de Migraciones
Av. España 734, Breña Lima, Perú
Email: [email protected]
Peruvian Embassy in the United States
Ambassador Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez
1700 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 833-9860
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: His Excellency Mr.
Dear Mr. Armando García Chunga,
I am alarmed by the imminent deadline Venezuelan refugees are facing to request a regular migratory status, or temporary protection in Peru. This deadline, set to November 10, 2023, contravenes the Peruvian state’s obligation to protect refugees in the country.
While we acknowledge the challenges implied in welcoming unprecedented numbers of people seeking protection, we remind Peruvian authorities of their obligations under international refugee and human rights law to protect those fleeing massive human rights violations in Venezuela. Peru must guarantee the right to request recognition of refugee status for all Venezuelans based on the definition of refugee enshrined in your national laws and the Cartagena Declaration of 1984.
While the Peruvian asylum system remains inadequate to comply with such obligations, all complementary and temporary protection measures much be fully accessible to all Venezuelans without limitations. These measures must protect basic rights, including work, health, and education.
We call on you to ensure Peru fully complies with its international obligations and to immediately repeal the undue deadline imposed on Venezuelans who seek a regular migratory status through the CPP program.