Articles

  • 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.

  • Shakespearean political drama unfolds in Peru: Vizcarra v the fujimoristas

    10 August 2019

    As in any good drama, beneath the main plot in Peruvian politics there are subplots playing out, each affecting the main plot and in themselves affected by it. Shakespeare could have crafted a fine play out of it all. The main plot concerns the ongoing strife between president and Congress,

  • Subplot one: Tia Maria, its proponents and opponents

    10 August 2019

    One sub-plot concerns the government’s handling of the row surrounding Tía María, the proposed mine in Arequipa that is being tenaciously opposed by an alliance of farming interests in the province of Islay and other actors elsewhere in Arequipa and, indeed, beyond.

  • Subplot two: Odebrecht bribery scandals

    10 August 2019

    A second subplot concerns the corruption scandals surrounding Odebrecht and other Brazilian construction firms. Last week saw aspersions cast on the whole process of plea bargaining with a view to exculpating those held responsible. It also saw a Supreme Court verdict on Keiko Fujimori, the leader of Fuerza Popular, detained for the last eight months pending trail.

  • Amazon synod set to raise the temperature on indigenous rights

    10 August 2019

    The Catholic Church is organising a synod of bishops on the theme ‘Amazonia, New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology’ to take place in Rome on 16-27 October 2019.

  • New draft of UN business human rights code published

    3 August 2019

    The UN Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights published on 17 July the newest draft of the binding instrument to regulate in international human rights law the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Its main aim is to address and prevent human rights violations by corporations.

  • Jaime Ayala, 35 years on

    3 August 2019

    The disappearance of Jaime Ayala has become a cause celebre in the saga over bringing to justice those responsible for the atrocities that took place in Huanta, Ayacucho, during the counter-insurgency war against Sendero Luminoso. It is now 35 years since the reporter entered the stadium in Huanta never to reappear.  

  • Complications arise over bringing forward elections

    3 August 2019

    On 31 July, the executive formally delivered a bill (PL 4637) to the new president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, presenting its proposal, announced in President Martin Vizcarra’s speech to Congress on 28 July, to call a referendum to bring forward elections to next year.

  • Amnesty highlights role of women human rights defenders

    3 August 2019

    According to a report published recently by Amnesty International (AI), there are 15 documented cases of Peruvian women human rights defenders whose rights have been abused between 2017 and 2018. The report, entitled “Valiente: Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos”, highlights the role women human rights defenders play in promoting and protecting human rights and the specific risks they face because of their gender.

  • 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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