• Seminar opens up debate on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflict

    23 September 2018

    A welcome initiative by the Defensoría was to hold a seminar on 17 September in Lima that brought together some important voices, though others were notably absent. Here we report on the first panel; next week we will cover the second.

  • Judicial Reform detained in Congress

    16 September 2018

    On 13 September the congressional commission tasked with moving forward the reform of the disgraced entity in charge of naming judicial personnel, the ‘Consejo Nacional de la Magistradura’ or CNM, was unable to pass the project to the next level in the hope of changing the law because the nine Fujimorista members voted as a block to abstain. With only seven votes in favour the proposal will not be discussed in the plenary.

  • Train crash: what the constitution says

    16 September 2018

    As institutional frictions between the executive power (led by President Martín Vizcarra) and the legislature (dominated by the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular) become weekly more bitter, it might be worthwhile to remind ourselves of what the constitution says.

  • Peru likely to suffer from US trade and monetary policy

    16 September 2018

    Peru is not seen by international markets as one of the countries most exposed to the possible contagion effects of the solvency problems afflicting Turkey and Argentina, but its economy is likely to be affected by the US Trump administration’s trade and finance policies.

  • Anti-Venezuelan sentiment on the rise

    9 September 2018

    As the Andean countries, including Peru, seek to work out some system for regulating the influx of migrants from Venezuela, the climate of xenophobia appears to be increasing.

  • Mendoza calls on Vizcarra to clarify his position on hydrocarbons bill

    9 September 2018

    The leader of Nuevo Perú and third most-voted candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, Veronika Mendoza has added her voice to the polemic surrounding the hydrocarbons legislation currently before Congress.

  • Pressure group points to the need for tax overhaul

    9 September 2018

    The Grupo de Justicia Fiscal (GJF), an ad hoc group made up of Cooperacción, Oxfam and Propuesta Ciudadana, has issued a report that points to the urgency of a comprehensive tax overhaul in Peru. It shows that Peruvian tax pressure has continued to decline, falling to just 13.7% of GDP last year, the lowest figure in 15 years.

  • Inter-American Court takes up LBBTI case

    9 September 2018

    On 22 August, in what civil society organisations in Peru view as a landmark move, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has, for the first time, referred a case to the Inter-American Court against the Peruvian state for arbitrary detention and gender-based violence. The case in point refers to the detention of Azul Rojas Marin, a transgender Peruvian living as a gay man.

  • The battle for the judiciary

    1 September 2018

    Investigation into the corruption scandals in Callao, the so-called ‘white collars of the port’, continues apace despite the fact that the judiciary is now apparently controlled by those under investigation.

  • Enter Alan Garcia, stage right

    1 September 2018

    Alan Garcia, who has kept a physical distance from Peruvian politics in recent times by residing in Madrid, has announced his return to the fray, hinting that he may seek to be APRA’s candidate in the 2021.

  • 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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