The government of Peru Saturday declared a state of emergency through in the wake of national anti-government protests that have left 42 civilians dead. Supreme Decree No. 009-2023—published in Peru’s official gazette —declares that from January 15, a 30-day emergency period will be imposed in various provinces, including the capital city of Lima. The decree explicitly suspends the constitutional rights of Peruvians related to the inviolability of the home, freedom of transit and freedom of assembly.
A curfew will be imposed in the affected provinces lasting from 8:00PM to 4:00AM. National police and armed forces will be responsible for enforcing the order, and police will have to submit an official report about their actions to the Head of the Ministry of the Interior within five days of the end of the emergency period.
This order serves as an extension of a previous emergency declared on December 13. President Dina Boluarte’s government hopes to stem internal disorder erupting from the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo after he tried to illegally dissolve the congress. The political violence has left 42 people dead, and January 9 alone saw 17 casualties, according to Peru’s official ombudsman.
The UN Human Rights Office called for a probe into the government’s handling of the protests.