Congress ratifies Peru's adhesion to Budapest Convention

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Peru's congress has published a resolution ratifying parliament's recent vote to adhere to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

Peru thus becomes the seventh Latin American country to commit to the 2001 agreement, after Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama and Paraguay.

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In June 2018 Colombian lawmakers voted to adhere to the agreement, and Mexico is currently an observer party.

Areas targeted in the convention include copyright infringements, fraud, child pornography and network hacking. Key aims include boosting cooperation and improving the technical capacity of officials of signatory states.

Peru is exercising the right, spelled out in the convention, not to adhere to the article criminalizing the possession of devices or programs used for committing cybercrimes, but does uphold the prior article which criminalizes the production and sale of such devices.

Also, in the section defining child pornography Peru exercised its right not to include cases of people posing as underage victims, or realistic images merely representing such crimes.

Including Peru, 62 countries around the world have committed to the Budapest Convention.