Articles

  • Executive and Fujimoristas in shoot-out

    16 September 2017

    In the early hours of 15 September, Peru’s Congress passed a vote of no-confidence in the cabinet of Fernando Zavala. This brings to a head a power struggle that has been building up since the day President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office and which now pits the executive against the legislature in open conflict.

  • New study on Las Bambas and Huaquira

    16 September 2017

    A new study looks into mining conflict covering Madagascar, Tanzania and Bolivia as well as Peru. It provides a good understanding of the context in which mining conflicts have developed in Peru generally as well as in the case of Las Bambas.

  • Sendero casts a long shadow

    16 September 2017

    As Peru recalls the arrest of Abimael Guzman exactly 25 years ago (12 September 1992), there has been a lot of soul-searching in the media about the nature of Sendero Luminoso, the circumstances under which it was neutralised, and the longer-term impact that this had on Peruvian politics.

  • When land titling is not quite what it seems

    9 September 2017

    The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published useful information on the problem of land rights in the Amazon. Though indigenous communities may have title to the land they occupy, this does not necessarily mean they can control what happens on that land.

  • New study on tax incentives points to lack of transparency in the mining sector

    9 September 2017

    The hugely generous tax benefits granted to individual large mining projects are questioned by a new study by a team from Oxfam, Propuesta Ciudadana and Cooperacción. Through a meticulous study of two major enterprises, Las Bambas and Cerro Verde, the team is able to show that, for example, Las Bambas will only begin to pay income tax in its sixth or seventh year of operation as a result of a whole complex of special arrangements, including accounting practices.

  • TC's transfuguismo ruling has important implications for political parties

    9 September 2017

    It remains to be seen whether, or to what extent, the pro-Fujimori majority in Congress will seek to void the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) questioning their own law that prevents party-hopping (transfuguismo).

  • Climate change puts water supplies at risk

    9 September 2017

    Water scarcity is causing huge problems for many communities, towns and, indeed, for the capital Lima. As demand for water increases, the natural supply will reduce as the glaciers retreat and, in the not-too-distant future, could vanish altogether.

  • Embattled government

    3 September 2017

    The publication of the latest GfK poll in La República on 27 August on political attitudes must have been grim reading for President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. His popularity ratings slipped to just 19%. That a Peruvian president’s ratings should plummet so is not unusual.

  • The teachers' strike ends

    3 September 2017

    On 2 September, it was announced that a majority of the regional organisations belonging to SUTEP had decided to call off their strike which had run for nearly three months. It was clear that this was not because of any agreement reached with the Ministry of Education or the minister, Marilú Martens.

  • Angélica Mendoza

    3 September 2017

    The death last week of Angélica Mendoza has brought sorrow to many. Angélica, 88, emerged as a leading figure of those in Ayacucho who sought answers from the military over the whereabouts of their loved ones, forcibly ‘disappeared’ during the 1980s when this part of the country was made an ‘emergency zone’ under the jurisdiction of a military commander.

  • 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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