Articles

  • Odebrecht: Barata's testimony

    29 April 2019

    After months of expectation the Head of Odebrecht in Peru, Jorge Barata, gave his testimony on the illegal payments made to politicians and businessmen.

  • Political reforms presented to Congress

    15 April 2019

    On 10 April, the executive branch submitted a series of reforms to Congress for its approval. The reforms corresponded roughly to the recommendations made by the commission led by Fernando Tuesta, submitted to the government three weeks earlier. The main change was dropping the suggestion of a return to a bicameral system of government.

  • Progress achieved at Las Bambas

    15 April 2019

    Efforts by the Catholic Church to bring the different sides together (which was about to happen as we went to press last week) led to ten hours of negotiations in Lima. Gregorio Rojas, leader of the Fuerabambas community, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and leading figures from MMG all took part.

  • Land grab threatens Ashaninka forest reserve

    15 April 2019

    Procrastination by the Ministry of Agriculture in Cuzco has given rise to a new instance of land grabbing in the Apurímac valley. Delays in processing the Shimashirincani’s application for a land title has led to a cooperative of cacao producers from Satipo invading community lands, infiltrating the land reserve of the Ashaninka peoples.

  • Agreement over consulta previa in Block 192, but tensions persist

    08 April 2019

    The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has agreed not to go ahead with prior consultation (consulta previa) with indigenous groups resident in Block 192 before an overall plan for consulta previa is approved with representative local indigenous federations.

  • Consulta previa, poor observance slated

    08 April 2019

    Last week we highlighted the efforts being made in Puno to ensure that the principle of consulta previa (free, prior and informed consultation) with indigenous communities is respected, and how some judicial decisions seem to be moving towards its acceptance as a legal norm. This week, DAR (Derechos, Ambiente, Recursos Naturales) has issued a statement calling for the full application of consulta previa in all cases of extractive development.

  • British missionary found dead in Iquitos

    08 April 2019

    (Written by Martin Scurrah from Lima)


    Sallesian brother Paul McAuley was found dead last week in the centre he founded in Iquitos for poor indigenous youths who had left their communities to pursue high school or university studies in the city. His burnt body was found on the premises and police are investigating the circumstances of his death, regarded as suspicious.

     

  • Background to Las Bambas

    1 April 2019

    The conflict surrounding Las Bambas is entirely the responsibility of the government and MMG. Officials, media analysts and business people respond indignantly that the only thing that those protesting want is money. But the message systematically relayed by the last few governments is that the social license for large mining projects is achieved through money.

  • Report on Amazon deforestation points to gap between discourse and reality

    1 April 2019

    A recent study by Peruvian and Swedish researchers questions the Ministry of Environment’s assumption that small-scale migratory agriculture is responsible for 90% of deforestation in the Amazon region.

  • Deforestation and organised crime in the wider Amazon region

    1 April 2019

    An authoritative article on the Amazon is published by the Brazilian Igarapė Institute, authored by Robert Muggah, Adriana Abdenur and Ilona Szabó . They make a strong case for international cooperation in the face of the increased intertwining of organised crime and deforestation.

  • 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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