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Peru has specific counterterrorism provisions in its domestic law dating back to 1992. The Constitution allows the imposition of the death penalty for terrorism offences.

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

The 1992 Terrorism Law defines terrorism as follows:

Whoever causes, creates or maintains a state of anxiety, alarm or fear in the population or in a sector of it, performs acts against life, body, health, liberty and personal security or against property, against security of public buildings, roads or means of communication or transportation of any kind, power or transmission towers, motor installations or any other good or service, using weapons, materials or explosive devices or any other means capable of causing havoc or serious disturbance of public tranquility or affect international relations or the security of society and the State....Art. 2, 1992 Terrorism Law.

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Peru is a State Party to the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention State Party


Peru is also a State Party to the main regional treaty on terrorism.


Adherence to Regional Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
2002 Inter-American Convention against Terrorism State Party

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

Article 2 of the 1992 Terrorism Law lays down a penalty of twenty years' imprisonment for the perpetration of a terrorist offence. Peru's more recent Constitution, however, provides for the death penalty for terrorist offences.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Peru has counterterrorism capacity in both its army and police force.

Peru's Constitution allows arrest of terrorist suspects without a warrant and prolonged detention.


Peru Decreto-Ley 25475 on Terrorism (1992)

Peru Law 29833 (2012) on Terrorism (original version)

Constitution of Peru