Articles

  • Health Impacts of Oil Spill to be Addressed

    22 September 2019

    In recent years in the Peruvian Amazon there have been frequent cycles of oil spills involving mutual accusations between oil companies and indigenous over who is responsible, poorly executed clean-ups, protests and negotiations, promises by the state and the oil companies to investigate and remedy the health and environmental impacts, and inconclusive outcomes with renewed mutual accusations and protests.

  • Conflict over the control of the Constitutional Tribunal

    22 September 2019

    On Monday 30 September 2019 Congress will vote to decide on the appointment of new members to the Constitutional Tribunal. This has become the latest contested space for Fujimoristas and their enemies.

  • Fair trade mining bucks the trend

    22 September 2019

    Gold mining has a very poor reputation in Peru whether it is on the grand scale or on the relatively small scale. Its environmental footprint is generally highly negative, as is its social impact both on the communities living around and the workers employed in extraction.

  • The Leticia Pact: a fresh start or just more empty rhetoric?

    16/09/2019

    Earlier this month, the presidents of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador, along with representatives from Brazil and Guyana (but not Venezuela) met in Leticia to discuss ways of reining in deforestation in the Amazon. Whether their words translate into action remains to be seen.

  • Who is the king of the castle?

    16 September 2019

    Francisco Durand, more than anyone of his generation, has researched the ins and outs of Peru’s powerful business elite. Coinciding with a conference this week in the Catholic University on elites, civil society and the state in the Andean region and Southern Cone, Durand has published a useful guide to who he considers the most powerful of the powerful. 

  • Nuevo Peru outlines mining policy

    16 September 2019

    With an eye to the current discussion over a new mining law and this week’s mining conference in Arequipa, Nuevo Perú has produced a document outlining its policy with respect to this sector. The left’s presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Veronika Mendoza, spoke about priorities in an interview in La República last week.

  • 'Que se vayan todos'

    7 September 2019

    ‘Let’s get rid of them all’. Loosely translated, this is the headline message of a huge march in Lima and other cities on 5 September, designed to register public protest at the delaying tactics deployed by the congressional majority in approving President Martin Vizcarra’s proposals for bringing forward elections.

  • Amazonian peoples react to pressure on infrastructure and extractives

    7 September 2019

    On 6 September, President Martín Vizcarra unveiled a national infrastructure plan of 52 projects worth 29 billion dollars that includes an untested and controversial bid to dredge five major tributaries of the Amazon in Loreto and Ucayali regions. This would open them up to heavy goods transport.

  • Battle lines drawn, again

    17 August 2019

    You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been here before. As the new legislature begins, the fujimoristas have arranged their guns in such a way as to pound President Martín Vizcarra’s plans to bring forward the date of presidential and legislative elections to next April.

  • Specialists slam EIA study on Amazon waterway project

    17 August 2019

    In 2017, a 20-year concession was granted to COHIDRO, a Chinese-led consortium to improve navigation along 2,687 km of the Amazon, Ucayali, Huallaga and Marañón rivers in the Peruvian jungle. In 2015, free, prior and informed consent discussions had been held with the indigenous communities affected. Now the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed and presented to SENACE, the government agency charged with its revision and eventual approval. As part of that process, two of the four public hearings about the EIA were held in Iquitos on 5-7 August. They generated some strong criticisms.

  • 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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