Articles

  • Alan Garcia decries 'coup'

    11 November 2018

    Alan Garcia has grown accustomed to tweeting his way into Peruvian politics from the relative safety of Madrid. But his latest claim that Peru is suffering a coup d’etat at the hands of President Vizcarra has rebounded against him at a moment when his role in the Odebrecht corruption affair is coming under growing scrutiny.

  • Some progress at Block 192; but much still to be done

    11 November 2018

    An optimistic post issued by Oxfam America and co-authored by Oxfam Peru considers “a small victory” the September agreement signed by the four indigenous federations representing the Amazonian communities affected by oil exploration in Block 192. The agreement commits the government to making prior consultation part of the contracting process when the current contract comes up for renewal in September 2019.

  • Keiko behind bars, again

    1 November 2018

    A little after 5 pm on 31 October, after a week-long hearing, Keiko Fujimori was escorted by police from the court to begin custody of up to 36 months pending her eventual trial. Judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho considered she posed a risk to due process. The debate had centred on whether she was likely to try to flee from justice and/or whether there was a risk that she might try to interfere with the investigation. Prosecutor José

  • Pérez's quest for evidence

    1 November 2018

    Pérez was assigned the case in September 2017. He really got started when, in November that year, he received evidence that Marcelo Odebrecht had written in a notebook “raise Keiko to 500”. Jorge Barata, Odebrecht’s man in Lima, then confirmed he had given 1 million dollars for her 2011 presidential campaign.
    Pérez then looked into the information officially lodged with the electoral authorities and found that the numbers did not add up. When he started to interrogate those who claimed to have donated money to the party, he discovered many had not given any money and that in many cases they could have not have afforded to have done so.

  • Alan García exonerated by congressional commission

    1 November 2018

    The congressional committee investigating the Lava Jato corruption scandal has exonerated former president Alan García from accusations of corruption during his second presidency (2006-15). The committee is dominated by members of Congress from APRA and the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular (FP).

  • Keiko Fujimori in court

    28 October 2018

    Peru remains gripped by the court hearing that will decide whether Keiko Fujimori is jailed for 36 months while her case proceeds through the judiciary. Alongside ten other defendants, she faces Judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho. He has to decide whether they pose a risk of fleeing justice or whether they would likely obstruct the course of justice; these are the only two considerations that will define whether they are jailed or not.

  • Fuerza Popular: sinking ship?

    28 October 2018

    If mid-term elections were something that took place in Peru, there is little doubt that Fuerza Popular, the party that has controlled the Congress since July 2016, would be wiped off the map. The possible imprisonment of Keiko Fujimori, the leader of the party and unsuccessful candidate for the presidency in 2016, is but the last straw for many of those elected under this banner in 2016. The party has undergone a sudden collapse in its fortunes owing to its involvement in various instances of abuse and corruption over recent months

  • The World Bank's new Human Capital Index: mind the gap between quantity and quality in Peruvian education

    20 October 2018

    A new study by the World Bank develops the concept of the 'potential' of human capital, country by country.The idea is that for any country, it is possible to measure where it lies in a ranking towards the abstract goal of 'perfect' human capital. Peru achieves 59% on this yardstick, equal to Colombia. The highest scorer in Latin America is Chile with 67%.

  • Census quantifies indigenous people; more than a quarter self-identify as such

    20 October 2018

    PSG has reported on some of the most salient findings of the 2017 census with regard to population and housing. Here we resume some of the results as they relate to matters of ethnicity.

  • Regional/municipal elections reaffirm party weakness

    14 October 2018

    The victory of Jorge Muñoz, the Acción Popular candidate in the elections for the mayor of Lima, has been seen by some as evidence of a return to support for Peru’s traditional parties. Such a judgement seems, at the very least, premature.

  • 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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