United States supports strengthening justice sector enforcement in Peru

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Peru, Mark Wells, said today that the United States Government is committed to the principles of separation of powers and the critical importance of the independence and impartiality of the judicial system.

The venue was the closing ceremony of the Third National University Mock Trial Competition held at the Palace of Justice. Training on the application of the new criminal procedure code was carried out with the support of the United States through the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) in coordination with the Peruvian Judicial and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

“We are pleased to support your work and the work of public servants committed to implementing the laws of Peru more effectively.  We share Peru’s continued commitment to fighting corruption, because corruption feeds transnational organized crime in all its forms, and undermines the rule of law,” Wells emphasized.

“Democracies deal with and prevail over corruption through the force of constitutional and democratic institutions. You will be part of the institutions that have a high responsibility to strengthen democracy and confront corruption,” added Wells while speaking to law students.

The U.S. Embassy seeks to contribute to the important process of modernization of criminal justice that Peru has undertaken through the Justice Sector Support Project.  Peru has successfully implemented the new criminal procedure code in 31 of the 34 judicial districts of Peru. Training for new generations of lawyers is essential to achieve an effective accusatory model.