• Sterilisation victims continue to search for justice

    5 May 2018

    On 25 April, the public prosecutor in the high court, Luis Landa, took up the issue of the partial closure of the case of forced sterilisations shelved in December 2016. He ruled that the case should continue and that former president Alberto Fujimori, as well as his ministers of health (Marino Costa, Eduardo Yong and Alejandro Aguinaga) should be prosecuted as the perpetrators of those crimes, along with other health ministry officials at the time.

  • Ensuring the Trade Bill protects human rights, the environment

    28 April 2018

    The Trade Bill before the UK parliament is of key importance for the country’s relations with Peru (and other countries) post-Brexit. Trade legislation these days covers a wide range of issues that include labour rights, indigenous rights and environment protection. Protection of these rights need to be assured (and arguably enhanced) in any future trade deal with Peru, while a proper system of sanctions needs to be in place to prevent non-compliance.

  • Humala and Heredia to be released

    28 April 2018

    On 26 April the Constitutional Tribunal voted four to three to release former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia from jail. It was expected that they would be released on 30 April. Both have been in custody for the last nine months, accused of asset laundering and illicit earnings.

  • Rot in the party system

    28 April 2018

    The demand for political reform in Peru can only get louder. President Martín Vizcarra last week announced that he intends to make institutional reforms that would weaken the grip of the Fujimorista majority in the Congress, possibly by reintroducing a second chamber and getting rid of an electoral system that allows disproportionate representation for Fuerza Popular (FP).

  • New extractives index

    22 April 2018

     Supported by the Netherlands government, the Responsible Mining Foundation has come up with a new index which helps us compare corporate performance in this sector

  • Defensoría figures show upturn in conflicts

    22 April 2018

    Figures published by the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) show a sustained increase in the number of conflicts registered over the last six months. At the end of March, these totalled 188, compared with 168 last September.


  • The hemispheric summit and the 'crusade' against business corruption

    15 April 2018

    Peru this weekend played host to the eighth hemispheric summit, a gathering of government leaders from across the region. According to its official title, the summit was supposed to focus on improving governance and reducing corruption. With many of the regions leaders accused of corruption it was arguable that there would be no shortage of experience to inform the debate in these areas. But the extent to which the heads of government could be relied upon to promote clean government was very much open to question.

  • Mining tensions

    15 April 2018

    The new government in Peru has its hands full on many fronts in the mining sector. Several major projects face serious issues.

  • Hopes and fears: cabinet appointments and what they mean for issues around extractives

    8 April 2018

    From the perspectives of human rights and potential conflict over extractives, there are interesting choices in the new cabinet. Vizcarra has opted for ministers with significant hands-on experience and with their roots beyond Lima.

  • A cabinet from the second division

    8 April 2018

    A ‘cabinet of vice-ministers’; this is the description that seems to have struck a chord with commentators in Lima, not because all members of President Martín Vizcarra’s new cabinet were previously vice-ministers (though several were) but because they seem to belong to the second league of office-holders. In choosing his ministers, Vizcarra has sought to avoid giving the impression of giving carte blanche to the business elite.

  • 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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