• 23 March 2019

    Dialogue and human rights in the mining sector: a PSG publication

    This week the Peru Support Group with Idehpucp launched its report entitled ‘Dialogue and Human Rights in the Mining Sector: Learning from Peru’. Through the lens of projects that have involved dialogue between mining companies and communities affected by mining, it seeks to draw some broad conclusions about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice.

  • 23 March 2019

    Shipibo leader spells out dangers for indigenous environment defenders in Madre de Dios

    Julio Cusurichi won a Goldman Environmental Award for leading a successful campaign to create a legally recognised territory of 8,300 square kilometres for the Mashco Piro, an Amazonian group. Having helped set up a network of indigenous forest monitors and defended this reserve when the government gave up, Cusurichi has found protecting territory an increasingly difficult challenge with illegal miners, loggers and drug traffickers presenting an existential threat to the indigenous people of the region.

  • 23 March 2019

    Gonzalo Portocarrero

    It was with great sadness that we learnt this last week of the death of Gonzalo Portocarrero, a leading Peruvian sociologist.

  • 18 March 2019

    Environment Impact Assessment for Petroleum Lot 64 in Loreto sent back to the drawing board

    Hard on the heels of its rejection of the EIA for the Hidrovia megaproject reported last week, the Ministry of Environment’s national certification agency, SENACE, has now turned its attention to Geopark.


  • . 23 March 2019

    An alternative development blueprint for Madre de Dios

    In the wake of the 60-day state of emergency imposed on four districts of Madre de Dios after police and military assumed control of the epicentre of gold mining at La Pampa on 19 February, the authorities are proposing an integrated medium-term solution for an illicit extractive industry that involves directly or indirectly up to 35,000 people.

  • . 23 March 2019

    Tuesta commission publishes recommendations for political reform

    On 20 March, the commission headed by Fernando Tuesta published a summary of its recommendations for political and electoral reforms. All in all they involve twelve changes to the existing legislative framework of which four would involve constitutional changes. Almost immediately, Congessional President Daniel Salaverry countered the proposals by saying Congress, where opposition parties dominate, would contract its own specialists to suggest changes.

  • . 23 March 2019

    Letter from Cajamarca (2): the rondas campesinas

    Hualgayoc is a cold and rather forbidding town. Its mining traditions are very clear, and it has been the centre of mining activity since colonial times, if not before. It is also a politically lively place where the rondas campesinas loom large in maintaining order and defending local people from banditry.

  • . 18 March 2019

    Letter from Cajamarca

    Should you be in Cajamarca and find yourself in Jirón Lima, opposite Dylon’s chicken rotisserie, you will find one of Peru’s most innovative and long-lasting development projects, and one with which the Peru Support Group has a rather special link.

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  • 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 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

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  • 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.

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