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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2019
Answer given by Mr Mimica on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000167/2019

Indigenous and women's rights, as well as the protection of human rights defenders, are raised in the framework of the sectorial dialogue on human rights and the high-level political dialogue which the EU holds with Peru on a yearly basis.

The EU increasingly supports indigenous peoples in Peru, in line with the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, prioritising the discrimination suffered and in addressing violence in the context of land and natural resources and protection of the environment and climate. Specific attention is given to women and children. The EU has also intensified its dialogue with civil society organisations, including indigenous peoples’ organisations (IPOs).

Since 2016, the EU has financed under its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) actions of EUR 4.1 million specifically supporting projects targeting issues such as sexual violence against indigenous women, or strengthening IPOs in face of human rights abuses and violations related to land and environment. Since 2016, the EU Emergency Fund has provided grants to several Peruvian Human Rights Defenders, including indigenous women and men, assisting with legal costs, medical treatment and other protection measures. Through the EIDHR and the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) programme, the EU is also funding the Indigenous Navigator, which is a global community based human rights monitoring network in which indigenous women from Quechua and Wampis communities take part and which empowers them to address and overcome discrimination, including multiple discrimination.

The EU’s budget support programme supporting the Peruvian national inclusion policy also focuses on the delivery of services to indigenous women and children in the Amazon region, making sure that they can access healthcare and childhood development services without discrimination.

The EU in its bilateral dialogues with Peru will continue to raise the recommendations of the UN Treaty bodies and international human rights organisations, inter alia, on the issue of land and the principle of the free, prior and informed consent.

Last updated: 9 April 2019Legal notice