LATEST NEWS

  • 18 August 2019

    Culture ministry sets penalties for infringement of law on indigenous people's rights to live in isolation

    More than a decade after Congress approved Law 28736 for the protection of Peru’s few remaining indigenous peoples who choose to live in total isolation, the ministry of culture has set out the sanctions, including fines up to 4 million soles, for enforced contact or unauthorised entry into their territory.

  • 17 August 2019

    Aduviri claims to be victim of political vendetta

    On 14 August, Puno Governor Walter Aduviri, well known for his participation in the protests against the Santa Ana mine in southern Puno in 2011, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay 2 million soles in civil reparations to the Peruvian state, having been found guilty of inciting public disturbances.

  • 17 August 2019

    Convoca raises questions about company that prepared EIA for Tia Maria

    Convoca has published material which seriously questions the credentials of the company that prepared the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Tía María, the mining project in Arequipa resisted by the farming communities of the Tambo valley. This raises serious issues about the standards involved in companies employed to undertake EIAs. EIAs tend to be regarded as the benchmark for subsequent operations.

  • 17 August 2019

    Quellaveco faces strike threat

    On Monday 12 August, 'an indefinite strike' was announced at Quellaveco in Moquegua region, arousing concerns since the copper and molybdenum project is several times larger than the conflict-beset Tía María in next-door Arequipa. Construction of the mine, owned by the consortium Anglo American-Mitsubishi, is 25% advanced. It is due to come into production in 2022. Some road blocks appear to have been set up.

ANALYSIS

  • . 17 August 2019

    Battle lines drawn, again

    You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been here before. As the new legislature begins, the fujimoristas have arranged their guns in such a way as to pound President Martín Vizcarra’s plans to bring forward the date of presidential and legislative elections to next April.

  • . 17 August 2019

    Specialists slam EIA study on Amazon waterway project

    In 2017, a 20-year concession was granted to COHIDRO, a Chinese-led consortium to improve navigation along 2,687 km of the Amazon, Ucayali, Huallaga and Marañón rivers in the Peruvian jungle. In 2015, free, prior and informed consent discussions had been held with the indigenous communities affected. Now the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed and presented to SENACE, the government agency charged with its revision and eventual approval. As part of that process, two of the four public hearings about the EIA were held in Iquitos on 5-7 August. They generated some strong criticisms.

  • . 10 August 2019

    Subplot two: Odebrecht bribery scandals

    A second subplot concerns the corruption scandals surrounding Odebrecht and other Brazilian construction firms. Last week saw aspersions cast on the whole process of plea bargaining with a view to exculpating those held responsible. It also saw a Supreme Court verdict on Keiko Fujimori, the leader of Fuerza Popular, detained for the last eight months pending trail.

  • . 10 August 2019

    Amazon synod set to raise the temperature on indigenous rights

    The Catholic Church is organising a synod of bishops on the theme ‘Amazonia, New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology’ to take place in Rome on 16-27 October 2019.

Featured Notices

  • 23 September 2018

    Peru Support Group Annual Conference

    The state of human rights in Peru
    15 December 2018
    UCL Global Governance Institute, 29 – 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

    Registration and coffee start at 10:00. Conference to start at 10:30

    Members and Concessions £10, non-members £15

    Please register your attendance by 1st December emailing coordinator@perusupportgroup.org.uk to register.

    A detailed programme will be distributed soon.

  • 31 October 2016

    Annual Report: 2017/2018

    The PSG's annual report for 2017/2018 is now available. Thanks to all our members for their continued support throughout the year. See what your subscriptions have helped to fund by clicking on the link below.

  • 08 May 2013

    Shop online and raise money for the PSG

    Register here to earn money for the PSG every time you make a purchase at Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith and thousands of other retailers. Up to 15 percent of the item price will be donated to us and all at no extra cost to you!

     

  • 14 June 2013

    Membership discount

    A 10% discount is now available on annual membership fees for all supporters who pay by standing order. For further details of the benefits of membership and information on how to join please click on the link below.

  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member