Perú: Coalition Forming To Support Equality And Sexual Rights In Constitutional Reform

UPDATE

On Wednesday, October 9, 2002 the Peruvian Parliament passed a version of Article 2 of the Peruvian Constitution that left out the claims articulated by Black, disabled, gay and lesbian people's, and women's organizations.

Article 2.2 of the new Peruvian Constitution thus reads: 2.2. (Right) To equality before the law. Every form of discrimination having as its object or result the annulment or undermining of recognition, enjoyment or exercise of personal rights, is forbidden. State and society promote positive conditions and measures so that in reality and effectively nobody be discriminated.

The Parliament will continue discussing amendments to the Constitution. Once those discussions are finished, there will be a referendum by which voters will have the opportunity to say "Yes" or "No" to the new text. MHOL (Movimiento Homosexual de Lima) is already talking to women's, Black and disabled people's organizations to start a campaign to vote "No" at the referendum.

For background information, see our September 19, 2002, Action Alert "Peru: Support Equality and Sexual Rights in Constitutional Reform."