Articles

  • New Report on Timber Trafficking in Peru

    19 November 2017

    On 9 November Global Witness launched a significant report on illegal logging in the Peruvian Amazon. An undercover investigation into the case of the attempted seizure of wood two years ago has provided video evidence of Peruvian entrepreneurs admitting to realising that their documents were false.

  • Repercussions of the latest Odebrecht revelations

    12 November 2017

    On 9 November Marcelo Odebrecht, the ex-CEO of the disgraced Brazilian company, was questioned by Peruvian public prosecutors. They were in Brazil to hear his responses to questions sent to him on 20 September dealing with many of the revelations made by him back in May.

  • US Action threatens to damage the fight for transparency in extractives

    12 November 2017

    The U.S announced on 2 November that it was withdrawing from implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

  • Possible breakthrough over Block 192

    5 November 2017

    The oil development in Loreto known as Block 192 has long been a source of contention: The communities have been insisting on a response to their demand for appropriate consultation. On 31 October, a new agreement was reached and signed in Loreto between the government and the Federations representing the communities.

  • Cotabambans' request for dialogue: a delegation in Lima

    5 November 2017

    There has been a long conflict at Las Bambas. The conflict was sparked by MMG’s failure to consult over an extension of the environmental impact agreement negotiated with the government and the resulting deaths and injuries. At the end of October, community leaders travelled to Lima, where they have been making a highly relevant case. Their proposed solution is a resumption of the Dialogue Table.

  • Peruvian European Platform presents complaint on Peru's failures on labour and environmental standards

    29 October 2017

    On 24 and 25th of October, the PSG, as a member of the Peruvian European Platform (PEP), was in Brussels to present to the European Commission a complaint against Peru, for failure to comply with some of the labour and environmental international standards which were reaffirmed under Title IX of the Trade Agreement between Peru and the European Union. The complaint has been submitted by the PEP coalition, along with 27 Peruvian civil society organisations, which have added their names to it. 

  • A problematic census brings women's rights to the fore

    29 October 2017

    On Sunday 22 of October Peru carried out its latest census. A lot of discussion had filled news outposts even before it began as there were questions which were considered inappropriate such as the one on ethnic self-identification or the one on religious beliefs.

  • Mining and deforestation; new research

    21 October 2017

    A new study has been published on the impact of mining on deforestation. Although the study focuses on Brazil, some lessons can be gleaned that are appropriate to Peru. Satellite data show that mining sites in the Brazilian Amazon jungle have a disproportionate effect on the reduction of forest cover in a 70 km radius of mining activity.

  • Mirtha Vásquez talks to the PSG about the criminalisation of protest

    21 October 2017

    This year’s annual PSG conference had the keynote speech by Mirtha Vázquez, a woman human rights defender who works for Grufides in Cajamarca. Grufides has been at the centre of disputes in this region between communities and large mining operations, notably Yanacocha. The subject of her speech was the criminalisation of human rights defenders and community leaders

  • Anti-corruption recommendations largely ignored

    21 October 2017

    The government announced the formation of an ‘integrity commission’ to come up with suggestions of how to root out corruption in government. The commission, presided over by Eduardo Vega, the former acting ombudsman, came up with 100 suggestions of what needed to be done. A recent survey conducted jointly by Transparencia, Proética, the Pacific University and the Catholic University shows that of these 100 suggestions, only 13 have been properly implemented and another 17 only partially.

  • 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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