• Growing concern over environment ministers among Amazon countries

    26 January 2019

    The shared territory of the Amazon makes it crucial to understand the governance of the territory shared between the four key countries in charge of this large area: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. A recent article by Open Democracy rightly focuses on the fact that all four countries have recently-appointed environment ministers and that it behoves us to understand who they are.

  • Concepción Carhuancho's dismissal sharpens judiciary battle

    19 January 2019

    On 16 January, Richard Concepción Carhuancho, the judge in charge of several Lava Jato cases, was removed from that adjudicating Keiko Fujimori in the case known as the ‘cocktail party case’. The judge was one of those opposed to the removal on New Year’s eve by former Chief Prosecutor Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry of the two prosecutors involved in the investigation.

  • Puno seeks to pursue its own development agenda

    19 January 2019

    Politics in Puno have long tended to sit somewhat uneasily with those of the rest of Peru. With its largely indigenous population and its proximity to Bolivia, puneños feel that their interests have not been well served by successive administrations in Lima. The election of Aymara Walter Aduviri as the new regional governor reflects this frustration and a desire to set a different agenda.

  • Awajún, Wampis denounce mining penetration on Ecuador border

    19 January 2019

    Repeated appeals by leaders of the Awajún communities of the Cordillera del Condor over the last two years have so far failed to mobilise the regional government in Amazonas to take steps to prevent incursions of illegal gold miners in this steep and forested area where the conflict between Peru and Ecuador was played out in the mid-1990s.

  • Fuerza Popular heads into the shredder

    12 January 2019

    With Keiko Fujimori in jail, Chávarry removed from his position as chief public prosecutor (see below), Vizcarra triumphant in the referendum, and popular wrath over Fuerza Popular’s (FP) connections with corruption scandals, it has not been a happy New Year for Peru’s main opposition party FP.

  • Will the ex-Chief Public Prosecutor be prosecuted?

    12 January 2019

    After weeks in the eye of the storm, Chief Public Prosecutor Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry finally resigned his post on 8 January. His position had become untenable after he tried to remove the prosecutors in charge of the Lava Jato investigation. Chávarry’s replacement is Zoraida Avalos.

  • Chavarry on the ropes?

    5 January 2019

    The New Year brought a dramatic development in the conflict between Fuerza Popular and the government with the retraction by the Chief Public Prosecutor of a previous edict sacking the two prosecutors most closely involved in anti-corruption activities. On 2 January the Fiscal Pedro Chávarry issued a resolution reaffirming the positions of José Domingo Pérez and Rafael Vela, the two prosecutors in charge of investigations into the Lava Jato corruption enquiry.

  • Vizcarra, buoyed up by referendum result, issues warning to Congress

    17 December 2018

    There is no doubting who has emerged the major winner of last week’s referendums: President Martín Vizcarra. His popularity, as measured by two polls, rose four points over November to 61% in December. The losers are the opposition parties whose leaderships now seem so compromised by allegations of corruption and cover-up.

  • Cipriani to vacate archbishopric of Lima

    17 December 2018

    On 28 December, Juan Luis Cipriani, the arch-conservative archbishop of Lima, will step down when he reaches his 75th birthday. He will remain a cardinal.

  • Some justice for women?

    17 December 2018

    In the past couple of weeks, women’s rights campaigners in Peru have had cause for celebration as the judiciary has taken steps to redress two notorious cases. On 13 December, the High Court of Lima North decided in the case of Arlette Contreras.

  • 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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