• Susana Villarán jailed for 18 months

    17 May 2019

    The judicial decision to jail the former mayor of Lima for 18 months while investigations continue into allegations of corruption came as no surprise. Susana Villarán is but the latest Peruvian politician to fall victim to the bribery scandal perpetrated by Odebrecht and other Brazilian construction companies. Her lawyers will appeal the ruling.

  • The informal sector; onwards and upwards

    17 May 2019

    According to the National Statistics Institute (INEI) in a report released last week, the number of Peruvians working in the informal sector reached 8.6 million, up nearly 3% on the first quarter of 2018.

  • Title IX complaint; what the European Commission said

    17 May 2019

    On 7 May, the Peru Europe Platform (PEP) and 27 Peruvian civil society organisations sent a letter to the head of the Trade Unit at the European Commission that expressed disappointment at the Commission’s official response to the complaint submitted in October 2017.

  • Amazon communities suffer heavy metal poisoning

    17 May 2019

    Mongabay has recently highlighted the significant ongoing health challenges facing Peru’s remotest indigenous peoples, notably the Nahua who reside within the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Territorial Reserve (RTKNN) in Atalaya province, Ucayali region.

  • Corruption investigations move forward; Humala, Heredia and Villarán in the firing line

    12 May 2019

    After many months of work on cases related to the Odebrecht scandal, the first conviction is expected at the beginning of June. The trial against former regional governor of Áncash, César Alvarez, and ten other men accused of irregularities, is expected to come to a conclusion soon.

  • About-turn on deforestation watchdog following US trade delegation visit

    12 May 2019

    OSINFOR, arguably Peru’s only effective regulator against the country’s endemic timber trafficking, is returning to its original status. Its accommodation at the Ministry of Environment (Minam) has thus proved only temporary. It returns only six months after its demotion from its more influential position within the presidency of the Council of Ministers.

  • The time of reckoning

    5 May 2019

    In the past months the Peruvian justice system has been involved in a series of investigations of corruption at all levels of government. In the last week many of those processes have come to a head and this has led to a moment of reckoning for both members of Congress and ex-Presidents.

  • Approval of the protocol for the protection of human rights defenders

    5 May 2019

    On 25 April, the Peruvian government approved the ‘Protocol to guarantee the protection of human rights defenders’ with the publication of Ministerial Resolution No 0159-2019-JUS by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

  • Dialogue Forum resumes in Espinar, plus some progress in regard to consulta previa

    5 May 2019

    29 April saw the reinitiation of the Dialogue Table between the communities of Espinar affected by the Antapaccay expansion of the Glencore-owned mining project Tintaya-Antapaccay. The regional Governor, the congressman Armando Villanueva and all the district mayors took part.

  • Exit Alan Garcia

    29 April 2019

    Alan Garcia’s suicide removes one of Peru’s most influential politicians, even though that influence declined notably in the last few years.

  • 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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