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Ombudsman’s office establishes new Ombudsman for children

LIMA, 6 November 2006 - The government of Peru today announced the creation of the Children’s Ombudsman to oversee the defense and promotion of the rights of children and adolescents in the country.

“The creation of the Ombudsman Office for Children and Adolescents  is a response to one of the main priorities assumed by the Ombudsman’s office – that of working for the countries children in compliance with the recommendation made to the State of Peru by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child,” said Ombudsman Ms. Beatriz Merino

The taskforce that put together the Omsbudsman's Office for Children and Adolescents was headed by Mayda Ramos.

The Ombudsman’s Office will ensure that the rights of children in matters of health, education, protection and other areas are being implemented by the state administration’s in compliance with the countries laws as well as the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The ceremony took place at the Puericultorio Augusto Pérez Arníbar and was attended by UNICEF Representative in Peru, Guido Cornale, Ombudsman for Children, Mayda Ramos, and two children – José Javier Llontop Gonzales and Jenny Padilla Campos – who, applauded the creation of this Ombudsman office that will watch over the fulfillment of the rights of the countries children and adolesencts.

At the ceremony, Ombudsman Merino appointed seven personalities from different sectors of the society as “Friends of Children”, to support the work of promoting and defending the rights of Peruvian children.  These “Friends of Children” are:

  • Monsignor - Javier del Río;
  • Congressman - Guido Lombardi;
  • Journalist - Rosa María Palacios, 
  • Sportswriter - Alberto Beingolea; 
  • Actor - Bruno Ascenzo;
  • Conductor - María Pía Copello;
  • Popular children’s television personality - Timoteo.


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Marilú Wiegold, Tel + (511) 213-0706 / cell phone (511) 9757-3218, mwiegold@unicef.org,
Elsa Ursula, Tel +  (511) 213-0707 /cell phone (511) 9352-6944, eursula@unicef.org,




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