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Sunday May 1, 2011

Haitians in Peru Seeking Refugee Status, Action Endorsed by Church

Haitians in Peru Seeking Refugee Status, Action Endorsed by Church

Photo: Haitian Refugee in Peru

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The Peruvian Episcopal Conference, has informed, the Regional Office UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that it has began operations for the recognition of the legal refugee status to approximately 30 people from Haiti, blocked in the city of Iñanpari (Department of Madre de Dios), and who have asked the Peruvian government to be considered refugees.

The Peruvian Catholic Migration Commission (CCPM), has asked the local authorities and the National Police of Peru to respect and protect the status of immigrants of these Haitians.

An application for the recognition of refugee status was filed on April 2, signed by Pierre Pierrelus on behalf of the Haitian group, and the mayor of the province of Tahuamanu, Celso Curi Paucarmaita.

The final decision is in the hands of the Peruvian government, and aims to provide humanitarian protection for Haitians after the disasters recorded in that country. For this reason, the Catholic Commission and the Department of Human Mobility of the Episcopal Conference went to Iñanpari to support the request and carry out the necessary formalities.