Articles

  • Labour minister resignation betokens cabinet changes

    10 December 2018

    Christian Sánchez resigned as labour minister on 7 December, paving the way for cabinet changes. He did so following weeks of rumours that he disagreed with President Vizcarra’s proposals for labour reform.

  • Referendum result: Yes, Yes, Yes, No

    10 December 2018

    The results from the referendums on 9 December were in line with what was widely expected and represent support for the positions adopted by President Martín Vizcarra. There were large majorities for the proposal to introduce the Junta Nacional de Justicia (JNJ), replacing the discredited Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM), the body charged with appointing and dismissing both judges and public prosecutors (fiscales).

  • Alan García's fall from grace

    10 December 2018

    Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez’s rejection of Alan García’s request for political asylum is yet another serious blow to the political pretensions of Peru’s twice former president; it could well be the prelude for him to end up in jail, like his ally Keiko Fujimori. García left the residence of the Uruguayan ambassador in San Isidro on 3 December.

  • Vizcarra may win the battle, but will he win the war?

    1 December 2018

    In some cases, referendums do not produce the answers that those promoting them want to hear; not so, it would seem, the 9 December referendums in Peru. The results promise to be a widespread rejection of the political class as a whole, and Congress in particular, providing a major political victory for President Martín Vizcarra.

  • Does Alan have a Plan B?

    1 December 2018

    As the days pass and President Tabaré Vásquez takes “the time necessary” to make up his mind whether to accept Alan García’s plea for political asylum, rumours spread that García has made enquiries to jump embassies, perhaps to the Chilean embassy, perhaps to that of Costa Rica.

  • CADE joins the corruption chorus

    1 December 2018

    On 28 November, the annual conference of business executives (CADE) kicked off in the tourist town of Paracas, near Ica. Taking its cue from the political climate described above, the headline concern was what the private sector could do to reduce corruption in public life.

  • Alan's leap to asylum-seeker

    24 November 2018

    Last week, we reported how Alan García faced the music, judicially barred from leaving Peru. On 17 November he staged his flight to the Uruguayan embassy in Lima where he officially applied for political asylum. It still remained unclear whether the Uruguayan government would heed his application.

  • Climate threat to small potato farmers, but hope down the line

    24 November 2018

    Climate change is likely to affect the altitude at which Peruvian potatoes can be grown. There are predictions that temperatures in the Andes will increase by one to three degrees Celsius. This means, for example, that several species of insects will begin to multiply at altitudes where previously they did not exist, transmitting disease.

  • Banishing of the G-word

    24 November 2018

    On 7 November, members of Congress, mainly belonging to Fuerza Popular, put forward a bill to banish from the lexicon of the state all reference to the word ‘gender’. The move has provoked criticism even in the conservative press.

  • Battle over third EIA modification at Las Bambas

    17 November 2018

    The battle over the third modification to the Las Bambas Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is still raging. Abuse of process in such environmental assessments is core to abuse of rights to health and livelihoods, it is alleged. It is also becoming clear how communities manage to get on top of the science and the bureaucracy to achieve justice, a remarkable achievement.

  • 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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