BOGOTA ( Associated Press) – The governments of Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Bolivia shut down on Monday in favor of Peru’s President Pedro Castillo, who was ousted after his attempt to dissolve Congress sparked a crisis in the country .
In a joint statement, the four governments expressed “deep concern” at the removal and detention of Castillo, whom they still recognize as President of Peru, and requested that his human rights be respected and judicial protection be accorded. be guaranteed.
Amid the crisis, Castillo’s vice president, Dina Boluarte, took over as Peru’s president on Wednesday and said she would table a proposal in parliament to push elections until April 2024 as part of a concession to protesters.
However, the four governments defending Castillo urged those who want to “refrain from overturning the popular vote expressed with free suffrage to the institutions,” the statement said.
The four governments assure that the leaders have been “victims of undemocratic persecution” since taking power in July 2021, which according to the signatories is a violation of the US Convention on Human Rights.
Since the political crisis in Peru, Colombian President Gustavo Petro has expressed his solidarity with Castillo and publicly called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to issue preventive measures in his favor. The leftist president said on his Twitter account on 8 December, “The right to elect and be elected and to have an independent trial court have been violated.”
The Argentine Foreign Ministry, for its part, expressed its concern over the political crisis in Peru and called on political and social actors to defend democratic institutions and the rule of law.
Mexico has been important to Castillo. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered the doors of the embassy to be opened to shelter them after they were fired, but Peru’s diplomats could not reach the headquarters because they were detained on the way.
However, his asylum application came through, in an unusual way. As explained by the Mexican government, it was through a letter from his lawyer that was later confirmed by the Mexican ambassador, Pablo Monroe, himself, when he visited Castillo in prison.
The Mexican president’s endorsement has generated diplomatic tension. After describing Castillo’s dismissal as a “soft coup” and saying that they needed to analyze whether or not to recognize Boluaarte, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry called Ambassador Monroy to tell him that López Obrador’s words constitute “interference in the internal affairs of Peru” and do not correspond to the events of recent days.
López Obrador insisted that what Mexico was claiming was its tradition of asylum and said that he was only giving his opinion and not interfering.