• EU reaffirms commitment to indigenous rights

    28 May 2017

    On 15 May, the Council of the European Union adopted its Council Conclusions on Indigenous Peoples, which adheres to the Joint Staff Working Document “Implementing EU External Policy on Indigenous Peoples” published in October 2016 by the European Commission.

  • Public works in Cuzco under scrutiny

    21 May 2017

    Two different instances of alleged malpractice in public works contracts in Cuzco hit the headlines last week. The first concerns construction of a new urban highway linking the centre of Cuzco city with its eastern suburbs. The second is the case facing the minister of transport and communications, Martín Vizcarra, who was questioned for his role in the contract to build a new international airport at Chinchero in Cuzco.

  • Elite power and political capture

    21 May 2017

    On 19 May, John Crabtree and Francisco Durand presented their latest book at the UCL Institute of the Americas in London (‘Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture’).

  • Appointment of reconstruction 'czar' raises concerns

    13 May 2017

    The appointment on 5 May of Pablo de la Flor as executive-director of the authority in charge of reconstruction has met with a mixed response. It has been widely welcomed by the business community and Peru’s right-of-centre political parties, but is seen as a source of concern in the NGO and pro-environment communities.

  • Fujimori's future: official pardon, house arrest, or stay in jail?

    13 MAY 2017

    The issue of Fujimori's detention returned to the headlines last week, as the Fujimorista majority in Congress piled on the pressure for a full-blown presidential pardon, threatening the future of two government ministers.

  • Fujimori faces new charges

    13 May 2017

    While his supporters try once again to obtain his freedom, Alberto Fujimori faces the prospect of further trials for homicide and corruption.

  • Reduced stringency in air quality controls raises NGO anger

    7 May 2017

    On 8 April the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) released draft proposals for reform of air-quality regulation in Peru. These are now under consideration by the congressional committee on the environment, in the midst of a storm of protest and concern about the wisdom of weakening controls. The level of concern is all the greater, given the association being made between the proposed measures and the need to find investors for the metallurgical complex at La Oroya.

  • Congress rejects electoral reform proposals

    7 May 2017

    The congressional working group which has been revising proposals for electoral reform has rejected the suggestion that the required number of signatures for party registration should be lowered from 4% of the total electorate to 1%. This flies in the face of recommendations made by the electoral authorities themselves and backed by NGOs like Transparencia.

  • Film makers seized by police

    28 April 2017

    On 21 April, Jen Moore from the organization Canada Mining Watch and journalist John Dougherty from the United States were detained by police in the city of Cuzco for alleged infringements to visa regulations and for “altering the public order”. They were finally released at midnight on 21 April, following four hours in police custody.

  • 'Turning the page': possible Fujimori release betokens change of strategy

    28 April 2017

    In a phrase widely taken to mean rapprochement with the pro-Fujimori majority in Congress, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced last week (and has repeated it since) that he was ‘turning the page’ in order to build a more unified society.

  • 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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