Articles

  • Vizcarra's speech: bringing forward elections to 2020

    29 July 2019

    Although President Martín Vizcara’s annual Independence Day speech took 1 hour 36 minutes to deliver, it is the last six minutes for which it will be most remembered. In his closing remarks, referring to the political reforms placed before Congress, he announced the bringing forward of general elections to next year, subject to ratification of this constitutional change in a referendum. General elections were previously scheduled to take place in 2021

  • Political reforms approved: how far from the executive blueprint?

    29 July 2019

    As the 25 July deadline approached, Congress had yet to approve two of the six political reforms which President Martín Vizcarra had outlined at the beginning of June as conditions for not exercising his constitutional right to dissolve parliament. These were two of the thornier issues on the list: the system by which parliamentary immunity could be lifted and the gender balance on party lists of candidates in legislative elections.

  • Petroperu and indigenous communities lock horns over oil spills

    21 July 2019

    Oil spills on 9 July from the northern Peruvian oil pipeline impacting the Tayuntsa; spills on 19 June affecting the Nueva Jerusalén and Nueva Nazareth communities, as well as the Sinchi Roca community; and the occupation of Petroperú’s petroleum pumping station No. 5 and the blockading of the Iquitos to Nauta road by indigenous protesters on 9 July: these are but the latest incidents in a long history of oil impacts on indigenous communities and community actions taken in response.

  • Toledo behind bars

    21 July 2019

    Former Peruvian president Toledo (2001-06) was jailed last week, pending further judicial hearings about the extradition request made by the Peruvian authorities last year. The hearing took place on 19 July in northern California. The judge refused Toledo bail, and he is to remain in custody while extradition proceedings take place.

  • Green light to new confrontation at Tia Maria

    14 July 2019

    Tía María is no longer just a conflict between the farmers and people of the Tambo valley in Arequipa and a mining company, Southern Peru Copper, but a conflict over the future of mining investment in Peru and the rights of people to oppose projects that threaten their social and environmental standing.

  • Report points to the negative impacts of infrastructure development in Amazonia

    14 July 2019

    On 8 July, Anthony Bebbington, Denise Humphreys Bebbington and César Gamboa presented a recent study that explores the impact of extractive industries and infrastructure projects (EII) on deforestation in Amazonia. The report is part of a larger study commissioned by the Climate and Land Use Alliance to explore the impacts of EII on forest loss in the Amazon, Mexico, Central America and Indonesia.

  • New culture minister inherits poisoned chalice

    14 July 2019

    Yet another minister of culture was sworn in last week, Luis Jaime Castillo, an archaeologist. He replaces Ulla Homquist who had only lasted four months in post and left for health reasons. Castillo is the fourth minister in President Martín Vizcarra’s 16-month presidency.

  • FTA body gives green light for a potentially ground-breaking inquiry into environmental infringement

    6 July 2019

    At issue here is Peru’s recent Law 30723 that promotes road building in Amazonia regardless of legitimate concerns of indigenous peoples, especially those living in voluntary isolation. With the support of SPDA, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Rights, the indigenous organisation FENAMAD brought a test case in 2018 specifically to protect the Cacataibo of the Ucayali region, who live on the frontier with Brazil.

  • Rosa Bartra and the art of delay

    6 July 2019

    As widely predicted, the ‘fujiaprista’ majority on the congressional constitution committee appear to be doing their best to procrastinate in delivering the political reforms demanded of them by the executive. With the closure of Congress fast approaching on 25 July, the committee has only delivered on two of the six proposals put before it by the executive branch.

  • Conflict between indigenous community and land grabbers worsens

    6 July 2019

    Conflict has once again broken out in the San Martín region with indigenous communities threatening to expel non-indigenous invaders if state-led mediation fails to restore land occupied two decades ago.

  • 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. 

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    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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