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Sense International (Perú) lobbies successfully for recognition of sensory disabilities on national ID cards

1 June 2012

Last year, a group of deafblind people and parents informed Sense International (Perú) that the national identity card, which is mandatory for all Peruvian citizens over the age of 18, was not accurately recording sensory disabilities, including deafblindness. The ID card system only had "physical" and "mental" classifications for disability.

SI (Perú) wrote to the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC), expressing its concern and requesting that the system be amended, with deafblindness recognised as a sensory disability on ID cards.

Thanks to SI (Perú)'s intervention, using Peru's law 29524 , which recognises deafblindness as a unique disability, RENIEC announced that from 15 May 2012, people would be able to have sensory disabilities, including deafblindness, registered on their ID card.

Photo: The ID card is the only document to exercise civil and political rights in Perú. People with disabilities have the choice to include or not their disability in the document. © 2011 Human Rights Watch

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017