Articles

  • Olaechea appointee rejected by Constitutional Tribunal

    20 October 2019

    The Constitutional Tribunal made a hugely significant decision on 17 October by refusing to acknowledge Gonzalo Ortiz de Zevallos as a member. Ortiz de Zevallos’ name had been put forward by the former president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, to replace Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña as a member of the seven-member tribunal.

  • Electoral activity: who will pay?

    20 October 2019

    With legislative elections now due on 26 January and general elections a little more than a year later (with the likelihood of a second round), the question arises as to how candidates and parties will finance their political activities.

  • Venice Commission gives its views on dissolution

    20 October 2019

    On 14 October, the Venice Commission, a consultative body that is part of the Council of Europe, delivered its opinion on the question put to it by the president of the Peruvian Congress about the constitutionality of the attempt by the executive to bring forward the date of elections to April 2020.

  • The starting gun fired for legislative elections

    13 October 2019

    On 9 October, the government formally announced the holding of legislative elections on 26 January. It instructed the various organisations responsible for organising elections to make the necessary arrangements.

  • IACHR details risks to indigenous peoples across Amazonia and calls for regional protection.

    13 October 2019

    Following extensive research, including questionnaires to state authorities and civil society representatives as well as its regular hearings, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) published a succinct report on 29 September entitled ‘Situation of Human Rights of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Pan Amazon Region’.

  • Indigenous organisations step up pressure for resolving longstanding complaints at Block 192

    13 October 2019

    Indigenous organisations in the oil-producing Block 192 have taken their complaints to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). They want to bring added international pressure to bear on the Peruvian government to respond favourably to claims communities and NGOs have been making for decades over remediation and full consultation over future oil contracts.

  • Interfaith platforms created in lead-up to Catholic bishops synod

    07 October 2019

    On September 29, the Peruvian branch of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) announced the creation of a platform for dialogue between communities of faith, indigenous peoples and other actors in defence of the Amazon in the Ucayali region. This followed the formation of a similar observatory in the Madre de Dios region in August.

  • Odebrecht pseudonyms suggest payments to a Who is Who of past officialdom

    07 October 2019

    In order to disguise the identities of recipients of illicit transfers to politicians and officials, Odebrecht used pseudonyms in the transactions of the now infamous ‘Caja 2’.

  • Breaking point

    29 September 2019

    The constitutional train-crash between the fujimorista-dominated Congress and the executive has been a long time in gestation but is now happening. This Monday, 30 September, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar will present a bill to modify the law governing elections to the Constitutional Tribunal (TC), attaching to it a vote of confidence which, if the bill is rejected, would enable President Martín Vizcarra to dissolve Congress and call for fresh legislative elections.

  • Commons committee report on UK relations with South America published

    29 September 2019

    The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee this month published the conclusions of its enquiry into how the UK can ensure its policy towards South America is targeted more effectively. The enquiry involved written submissions by civil society organisations on a number of topics. The report is based largely on oral evidence arising from six sessions held between January and July 2019.

  • 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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