Peru Congress prevents OAS General Assembly from being held over rejection of non-binary bathrooms – MercoPress

Peru Congress prevents OAS General Assembly from being held over rejection of non-binary bathrooms

Saturday 16 July 2022 – 10:22 UTC


After a vote, they rejected an agreement between the executive branch and the OAS, claiming it would allow bathrooms for transgender people to be installed.

The Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, scheduled for October, is in jeopardy as Peru’s Congress insists it reject the establishment of a “neutral” or non-binary toilet during the meeting in the country’s capital, Lima.

The right-wing opposition-dominated Congress on Thursday night rejected an agreement between President Pedro Castillo’s government and the OAS, claiming it would allow bathrooms for transgender people to be set up during the General Assembly, which it says alludes to “gender ideology.” “.

For the country’s foreign minister, César Landa, this “seriously damages Peru’s international image”.

Congressman Alejandro Muñante of the ultra-conservative Renovación Popular party defended the parliament’s decision, arguing: “When there are major urgencies in our country and region, the OAS, under the pretext of its event, tries to smuggle in transgender bathrooms that have done so have not yet been enshrined in law in Peru”.

The vote against the installation of an inclusive bathroom was accepted with 55 votes in favour, 44 against and 16 abstentions.

The bathroom of discord appears in the frustrated agreement as follows: “The government must ensure adequate access to sanitation facilities (…) providing individual bathrooms and at least one neutral bathroom in addition to shared bathrooms”.

The Ombudsman’s office also openly criticized the legislature on Twitter.

The Congress argues that a new agreement should be signed to concretize the Lima Assembly, which does not include the mention of the “neutral bathroom” because it implies an interference with Peruvian internal law, through what they call “gender -Ideology”.

“(We) agree to the assembly only without a neutral bathroom (…), the only thing they have to do is to cancel the bathroom paragraph,” said Ernesto Bustamante, MP from Fujimorista, president of the Committee on External Relations of the congress.

“These are facilities only for this assembly, without creating future international obligations,” the Chancellor explained.

Undoing the vote seems complex because religious and cultural beliefs arise.

“This is where God has to enter our lives and under no circumstances can we allow these (gender) ideologies to enter,” said Congresswoman Mery Infantes.

Communist Congressman Guido Bellido, former prime minister of President Pedro Castillo, said that “they (the OAS) must respect our traditions.”

The vote against the installation of an inclusive bathroom was accepted with 55 votes in favour, 44 against and 16 abstentions.

The bathroom of discord thus appears in the frustrated agreement: “The government must ensure adequate access to sanitary facilities (…) which, in addition to shared bathrooms, provide for individual bathrooms and at least one neutral bathroom”.

Congress argues that a new agreement should be signed to flesh out the Lima assembly, which does not include the mention of a “neutral bathroom” because it implies an interference with Peruvian internal law, through what they call “gender -Ideology”.

“(We) agree to the assembly only without a neutral bathroom (…), the only thing they have to do is to cancel the bathroom paragraph,” said Ernesto Bustamante, MP from Fujimorista, president of the Committee on External Relations of the congress.

“These are facilities only for this assembly, without creating future international obligations,” the Chancellor explained.

Undoing the vote seems complex because religious and cultural beliefs arise.

“This is where God must enter our lives and we cannot under any circumstances allow these ideologies (of gender) to enter,” said Congresswoman Mery Infantes.

Communist Congressman Guido Bellido, former prime minister of President Pedro Castillo, said that “they (the OAS) must respect our traditions.”

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