LATEST NEWS

  • 10 November 2019

    Tia Maria and other conflictive mining projects in southern Peru

    Across much of southern Peru mining projects continue to raise concern and varying degrees of protest, but the most worrying at the moment is Tía María in Arequipa. Protests broke out anew last week following the decision of the Consejo Nacional de Minería (CNM) to invalidate the three formal complaints against the granting of the construction permit to the Southern Peru Copper.

  • 10 November 2019

    British mining investment in Peru surpasses that of China

    According to the latest data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the UK has become the number one mining investor in Peru

  • 10 November 2019

    Prosecutor demands long sentences for killers of Ashaninka environmental defenders

    In a legal first, Otoniel Jara, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the murder of four Ashaninka indigenous leaders, has requested the courts for a 35-year prison sentence for those identified as having planned and carried out the killings.

  • 02 November 2019

    Minister resigns over trafficking in Influence and timber

    On 27 October, the minister responsible for development and social inclusion, Jorge Meléndez, resigned in the face of accusations about nepotism and illegal timber extraction and marketing. He did so to limit the damage to President Martín Vizcarra’s reputation as a fighter against corruption.

ANALYSIS

  • 10 November 2019

    Amazon synod: new thinking

    Two weeks ago, the Catholic Church’s Amazon Synod ended with a report summarising its discussions. This is the first time that the Church has brought together the bishops from the Amazon region, religious and lay advisors, specialists and indigenous peoples for a focused analysis and discussion of the region and the Church’s role within it. The report seems to reflect a rethinking of the historical and traditional practices of the Church and of its relationship with the region, especially its indigenous peoples and natural environment.

  • . 10 November 2019

    To re-elect or not to re-elect…

    Whether or not a member of the dissolved Congress can legally run as a candidate for the new Congress in January is a matter of heated debate. A number of former congressmen, beginning with APRA’s Mauricio Mulder, have put their names forward as candidates, as have prominent former fujimoristas (see next article). The Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (JNE) will decide this week if this is legal.

  • . 10 November 2019

    Fujimoristas jump ship

    A growing number of prominent members of Fuerza Popular (FP), the fujimorista party, are cutting their ties, aware that the brand has become toxic. Three have announced their intention to stand again in the 26 January election under the banner of Solidaridad Nacional.

  • . 2 November 2019

    Government outlines programme for 2020 and 2021

    President Martín Vizcarra and Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos on 30 October presented the government’s policy priorities between now and the end of Vizcarra’s term in July 2021. Apart from holding transparent elections, the main thrust of official activity will be in the social sphere.

Featured Notices

  • 23 September 2018

    PSG Annual Conference - 16 November 2019

    To all our readers, members and friends: we would like to invite you to our upcoming annual conference, taking place on 16 November 2019, at the Global Governance Institute, UCL (29-31 Tavistock Square, London).

    This year we are very fortunate to count on the presence of Julia Cuadros, from Cooperacción a Peruvian human rights NGO and long-time PSG partner, and also of Virginia Pinares, a human rights defender from Cotabambas province, Apurímac region who has representated civil society at the various dialogue tables arising from the conflict over Las Bambas.

    A detailed agenda of the day will be distributed soon. We hope to see you all there, so please put it in your diary. We plan to start at 10.30am and finish by 5pm. The PSG’s AGM will be held for members during the lunch break.

    Places are limited. To ensure your place write to coordinator@perusupportgroup.org.uk

  • 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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