Government of Peru will give $13,000 to families of those killed in protests

The Government of Peru will give 50,000 soles (13,000 dollars) to the relatives of each of those who died during the anti-government protests that began last December, according to an emergency decree that was published in the official newspaper El Peruano.

"The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights is authorized to deliver, for a single time, the amount of 50,000 soles, for financial support for each person who died in the mobilizations indicated in article 1, amount that will be distributed among the relatives identified by the Multisectoral Commission"specified the decree published on Tuesday, but released this Wednesday.

In addition, also for the only time, the same portfolio will grant 25,000 soles (6,500 dollars) to each seriously injured person identified by said commission.

It details that it is up to the Multisectoral Commission to determine the criteria "to identify seriously injured people who will be beneficiaries of financial support" and that, for this purpose, a maximum period of five business days is given, counted from the day after the publication of the standard.

The decree, signed by President Dina Boluarte, the President of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Otárola, as well as the Ministers of Justice, José Tello, and the Economy, Alex Contreras, covers the protests that took place between December 8, 2022 and 10 February 2023.

"The economic support corresponds to a subsidy that is not compensatory or reparatory in nature. This benefit has no implication in the determination of possible administrative, civil and/or criminal responsibilities"adds the decree.

He adds that, within the framework of the work carried out by the Multisectoral Commission, "The situation of socioeconomic vulnerability in which the families of the deceased people find themselves has been identified, as well as the degree of affectation of the people seriously injured during the mobilizations".

And that, therefore, "It is necessary to establish extraordinary and urgent measures, in economic and financial matters, aimed at providing, exceptionally".

It also appoints the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights as responsible for compliance with the norm, as well as periodically reporting to the Council of Ministers on its implementation.

Regarding the financing of these economic supports, this is in charge of the institutional budget for Fiscal Year 2023 of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, without demanding additional resources from the Public Treasury.

By means of a supreme resolution published on December 31, 2022, this Multisectoral Commission of a temporary nature was created to follow up on the actions and measures aimed at caring for the relatives of the deceased, in addition to the people who suffered serious injuries.

The demonstrations began in December after the failed self-coup by former President Pedro Castillo and demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress, advancement of elections to 2023 and the calling of a constituent assembly.

According to data from the Ombudsman’s Office, 48 people have died during clashes with law enforcement during the protests, while a policeman lost his life after being burned alive and another 11 people have died due to roadblocks by protesters. .

President Boluarte also confirmed another death from these same causes, that of a patient who needed to reach Lima but was held up in the blockades, and Unicef ​​reported the death of an unborn baby, in addition to the death of a woman in the northern region of La Libertad, reported by the Police.

The Peruvian Prime Minister, Alberto Otárola, confirmed on January 19 the death of four Haitian citizens and days later the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Acnur) raised the number to seven citizens of that country who were left stranded, exposed to climatic adversities and limited access to basic services.

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