• Social conflict under debate at the Defensoría: the second panel

    29 September 2018

    As we reported last week, the Defensoría held a seminar on 17 September on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflict. We reported on the first panel last week; now we comment on the second, entitled "Transformando conflictos sociales en desarrollo para todos." 

  • The canon and its impact

    29 September 2018

    An increase in mining output and prices in the first half of this year means that the amount of money available to sub-national tiers of government through the canon system has increased. Regional and local government s received 3.1 billion soles from the canon minero. This compares with 1.9 billion in 2017, but is still way below the peak of 5.1 billion in 2012 when world mineral prices reached their peak.

  • Remembering (or forgetting) Velasco

    29 September 2018

    3 October is the 50th anniversary of the coup d’etat that brought to power the so-called ‘Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces’ in Peru, led by General Juan Velasco. 3 October 1968 was a turning point in Peruvian history: whether for good or for bad is still a matter of controversy and debate.

  • Call for vote of confidence energises Congress

    23 September 2018

    President Martín Vizcarra’s call on 16 September for a vote of confidence has brought a flurry of activity. His ultimatum, which could have resulted in the closure of Congress and new elections, sparked an immediate response. Of the four proposals to be submitted to a referendum, the one on the reform of the judiciary has now been approved.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member