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  • 15 June 2019

    Mining protests in Puno and in Piura

    In Azángaro province in Puno, communities along the Ramis river, are protesting about the alleged contamination caused by mining projects in the area. At the other end of the country, in Piura, people from the communities of Ayabaca initiated strike action on 12 June in protest at the go-ahead for mining at Rio Blanco.

  • 15 June 2019

    Tullow sails into potentially stormy waters

    On 6 June, fishermen from the communities of Paita, Sechura and Talara, located in the north-western region of Piura and Tumbes, took to the streets to protest at the concession recently granted by the Peruvian government to British-Irish oil company Tullow Oil.

  • 15 June 2019

    Good news: international recognition for community initiatives

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the prize winners in their tenth annual Equator Initiative. This awards prizes for “outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for climate change and local sustainable development".The judges received 847 nominations from 127 countries. Twenty-two winners were announced on 5 June. In most winning countries there was only one award. Brazil and Haiti had two, but Peru had four.

  • 08 June 2019

    Constitutional Court rules case against Glencore admissible

    After three years of waiting, the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal has agreed to review a plea lodged by two NGOs, the Instituto de Defensa Legal and Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras that seeks to nullify the agreement between the Peruvian National Police and the mining company Glencore Antapaccay.

ANALYSIS

  • . 15 June 2019

    Presidential popularity surge, but for how long?

    Lacking a political party to back him up, President Martín Vizcarra’s political muscle in dealing with a recalcitrant Congress is his personal popularity. And there is no doubt that a confrontational stance towards Congress, or at least its fujiaprista majority, wins him ‘brownie’ points. The latest Datum survey, the first published so far this month, shows his popularity to have increased to 58%, 13 percentage points over his showing a month ago.

  • . 15 June 2019

    Aduviri trial raises tensions in Puno

    Behind judicial verdicts lie political interests, or so the supporters of Puno Governor Walter Aduviri believe. With a judicial verdict in his case likely to come up next month, Aduviri’s backers are threatening to mobilise their not inconsiderable political weight in the region to ensure that he is acquitted.

  • . 8 June 2019

    Traincrash averted, at least for now

    On 5 June, after two days of debate, Congress gave its support to the cabinet led by Salvador del Solar and its programme of political reform. Congress will need to approve these reforms by the end of the current legislature which could feasibly be extended to 15 July.

  • . 8 June 2019

    Draft law to expand oil and gas investments causes alarm

    On 3 July, Wilbert Rozas of the Frente Amplio and head of the congressional committee dealing with indigenous and environmental affairs, raised the alarm against a measure that would greatly extend the reach of oil and gas exploration and production, introduce contentious technologies such as fracking, raise the length of concessions from 40 to 60 years, and curtail the mandate of the National Environmental Fund to mitigate damage to community owned forest and river territories (replacing it with a social fund with no participation for those suffering the inevitable damage.

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

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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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