Articles

  • 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.

  • Aráoz receives vote of confidence

    15 October 2017

    The new cabinet led by Mercedes Aráoz received a vote of confidence in Congress in a lengthy session that extended into the small hours of 13 October. 83 members of Congress voted in favour and 17 against, the latter mainly from the left.  

  • APRA seeks to block competition

    15 October 2017

    Mauricio Mulder, one of the five Aprista representatives in Congress, has presented a bill which seeks to prevent parties without official inscription for at least three years prior from participating in elections. It seems to enjoy the support of APRA’s allies in Fuerza Popular.

  • PSG annual conference highlights criminalisation of protest

    15 October 2017

    The PSG’s annual conference took place at UCL on 14 October.The day began with an overview of the year in Peru presented by John Crabtree from Oxford University. The principle concern of the day was the trend toward increased criminalisation of activities in civil society space. This was the focus of a strong contribution by Skype from Mirtha Vasquez working with Grufides. The situation in the Amazon in relation to human rights and land titles was summarised by John Beauclerk. Ana Zbona from the London-based BHRRC outlined the nature of the Centre’s work in trying to convince business organisations worldwide of the advantages of transparency and in working collaboratively with communities. A presentation was given by Katie Jenkins from Northumbria University of her work in progress with indigenous women threatened by mining in Cajamarca.

  • Fujimori release around the corner?

    7 October 2017

    The release of Alberto Fujimori may be just around the corner. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski reiterated that the release would be triggered by a decision that would be purely and simply based on the health of the former president. He made clear that it would not be a presidential pardon as such.

  • Electoral reforms neutered

    7 October 2017

    The Constitutional Commission led by FP Congresswoman Ursula Letona last week presented a bill to reform the current electoral law, concerning gifts to be made to voters during electoral campaigns. Such a bill appears likely to further skewer those proposals put forward by Transparencia and others to remedy the workings of the electoral system in advance of regional and municipal polls in a year’s time.

  • No smoke without fire: corruption perceptions on an upwards curve

    1 October 2017

    Perceptions of corruption, as measured by organisations like Transparency International (TI), provide only a proxy for the problem itself, but they show how significant an issue it has become. Proética, the Peruvian branch of TI and the NGO most proactively involved in revealing the scale of corruption, has just published its tenth report since 2002 into such perceptions.

  • The Fujimori saga: would-be pardons, party splits and Keiko under investigation

    1 October 2017

    The Fujimori saga continues. All conversation in Lima last week was dominated by the possible imminent pardon of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori. Ever since the vote of no-confidence in the cabinet last month, this issue has topped the agenda. Significantly, the new prime minister, Mercedes Aráoz, has noted that she would not oppose it. The families of victims of human rights crimes perpetrated under the Fujimori government have a rather different view.

  • 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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