Articles

  • Criminalisation of social protest: the Aduviri case

    15 July 2018

    An important case is due to come before the Peruvian Supreme Court shortly, with implications both for the protection of the right to protest and respect for indigenous rights to prior consultation.

  • Phone taps reveal new judicial corruption; Vizcarra announces overhaul

    15 July 2018

    It was a week that rocked the Peruvian judiciary. It began with the publication of the texts of numerous phone tapping operations that compromised senior members of the judiciary. It ended with President Vizcarra sacking the justice minister, Salvador Heresi, and detailing the members of a high-level commission to reform the workings of the judicial branch.

  • Who controls the Constitutional Tribunal?

    8 July 2018

    Those who control the body charged with deciding on whether laws are constitutional or not occupy a key role in any political system. In Peru, it is the role of the Constitutional Tribunal and it will have to judge whether the so-called Ley Mulder (‘Gagging Law’) accords (or not) with stipulations in the 1993 Constitution about guarantees on press freedom.

  • Fujimorista tactics in Congress become evident

    8 July 2018

    In the past year Keiko Fujimori’s popularity has fallen by 20% and her party is doing all it can to regain it. But this in undermined by the lack of popularity of their members of congress, many of them involved in corruption scandals.

  • Who cuts the mustard in the Vizcarra administration?

    30 June 2018

    Despite a few months of relative calm in government, tensions seem to be building between the erstwhile supporters of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the prime minister, César Villanueva.

  • Corruption money from the 1990s surfaces

    30 June 2018

    Many of the millions stolen during the regime of Alberto Fujimori between 1990 and 2000 are still unaccounted for, but last week more information of their whereabouts appeared in Switzerland.

  • García Sayán calls for policy on illegal gold to get serious

    30 June 2018

    As a respected lawyer specialising in human rights, a former justice minister and judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Diego García Sayán is someone whose views should be taken seriously.

  • The battle for Rainbow Mountain

    30 June 2018

    The extraordinary Mountain of the Seven Colours, or Rainbow Mountain as it is known, has received copious media attention in the last two weeks. It is an important and valuable tourist site in Cuzco.

  • Keiko and Vizcarra: storm clouds on the horizon?

    24 June 2018

    Lacking a political party to back him up in Congress, President Martin Vizcarra , who is approaching his first 100 days in office, was always going to have to seek allies. His government was never likely to be able to assert itself and establish autonomy. The parliamentary logic meant that, from the outset, he would enter into some sort of understanding with the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular (FP) with its large majority in Congress.

  • Light and shade in the coming copper boom

    24 June 2018

    Peru is riding a wave of investment interest in its copper sector. The output prediction is 4.8 million tons a year by 2021, double the 2017 level. Copper projects elsewhere in the world are faltering, given rising costs and the negative impact on Chinese demand as the US-China trade war builds.

  • 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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