• Copper price rise presages renewed conflict

    11 March 2018

    With copper prices up nearly 18% on this time last year, it is not surprising that major mining companies are reconsidering projects shelved only a few years back and pushing the government for approvals.

  • Barata's testimony

    2 March 2018

    Peru had awaited 27 and 28 February with extraordinary interest. These were the dates on which Jorge Barata, the former president of Odebrecht’s Lima operations, had agreed to provide testimony in return for freedom from prosecution. His former boss, Marcelo Odebrecht, had previously provided information on how his firm had paid large contributions to the presidential campaigns of various party leaders in Peru.

  • Amnesty points to ongoing human rights problems in Peru

    2 March 2018

    Amnesty International’s latest Annual Report “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/2018” covers 159 countries, providing a succinct summary and analysis of their human rights records.

  • Hanging by a thread

    24 February 2018

    Will he stay? Will he go? The next two weeks should make clear whether or not President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski remains in office. Lima pundits blow hot and cold. A major determinant of Kuczynski’s fate will be the evidence provided by Jorge Barrata, due to be offered up on 27 and 28 February.

  • Letter voices concern over land grabbing in Ucayali

    24 February 2018

    Thirty eight international and national civil society organisations co-signed an urgent letter to the Peruvian authorities expressing deep concern at the increasingly dangerous situation faced by community leaders and their families of the community of Santa Clara of Uchunya. This is caused by illegal and aggressive land-grabbing in and around their territory.

  • Indigenous communities fear new hydrocarbons bill

    24 February 2018

    A proposed law before Congress to regulate investment in the hydrocarbon sector is currently causing concern among indigenous groups vulnerable to oil development.

  • Peru sets out human rights plan

    17 February 2018

    The Peruvian government approved its National Human Rights Plan (2018-2021) on 1 February. Its purpose is to provide a strategy document that “seeks to guarantee the implementation of public policies in favour of groups that require special attention”. Civil society organisations point out that there was little consultation in the development of this plan

  • Prior consultation: how it has worked in practice

    17 February 2018

    A workshop has been meeting in Lima to look at implementation of prior consultation (consulta previa) procedures. No less than 36 representatives of national indigenous organizations were present at the meeting, Their task: to evaluate the use of the prior consultation (consulta previa) over the six years since it became law.

  • Premier threatens to block Maduro visit

    17 February 2018

    Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz’s announcement that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be physically blocked from attending April’s hemispheric summit in Lima further ramps up Peru’s defiant posture in relation to Venezuela.

  • Renewed protest in Loreto over oil spill damage

    11 February 2018

    Eighteen organisations representing many of the indigenous communities affected by oil spills from the leaky and badly-maintained Northern Peru pipeline have started a protest a year after the signing of the Saramurillo Accords.

  • 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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