• Is social conflict in decline as the Defensoría suggests?

    19 June 2017

    Each month the Defensoría del Pueblo, the ombudsman’s office, publishes a tally of social conflicts. In the last few months, the Defensoría’s figures show a surprising fall in the number of conflicts regarded as ‘active’.

  • Deepening of divides within Fuerza Popular

    11 June 2017

    Divisions within the opposition Fujimoristas again became apparent last week. The Fuerza Popular (FP) party still controls Congress but it is suffering internal divisions. Last week, the protagonist of the latest scuffle was Patricia Donayre, representative for Loreto who had been given the job of coming up with proposals for a law on electoral reform.

  • Water doesn't come from your tap

    11 June 2017

    This is the title of the upcoming national meeting in Lima to discuss water issues, organised by a group of NGOs. The encounter will take place on 5-7 July; in preparation for it, 70 grassroots leaders from Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cuzco and Puno met in Cuzco at the beginning of June.

  • IACHR discusses two complaints by Peruvian CSOs

    11 June 2017

    During the 162nd hearings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, held in Buenos Aires from 22–26 May, Peru’s civil society organizations (CSOs) had the opportunity to express a series of concerns about what they perceive are worrying human rights trends in Peru.

  • Growth slows in first quarter

    4 June 2017

    Peru’s growth rate has followed a downwards path in the last few months. The reasons for the slowdown are not hard to find. The floods that affected Peru in the first quarter have played a major role, as has the suspension of major infrastructure projects like the Southern Peru gas pipeline for which Odebrecht was the lead contractor.

  • One step forward, two steps back?

    4 June 2017

    Since last year’s strong electoral performance by Verónika Mendoza and the Frente Amplio, the spirit of unity within the left in Peru swiftly dissipated.

  • Shadow report criticizes Glencore's record in Latin America, as well as national governments

    4 June 2017

    Since 2012, a group of NGOs has been developing research on the activities of Glencore. The Peruvian participants involved are Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras (DHSF) and Cooperacción. The group has now produced an 84-page report covering four countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.

  • A bad week for PPK

    28 May 2017

    It has not been a good week for the Kuczynski administration. Faced with the possibility of being censured in Congress, Transport and Communications Minister Martín Vizcarra tendered his resignation on 22 May. This followed the publication of a highly critical report by the Comptroller-General’s office on the addendum to the Chinchero airport contract.

  • Affidavit brings new insights into illegal corporate gold trading

    28 May 2017

    On 18 May, a high-level delegation, including Peru’s attorney general, the head of the judiciary, the finance minister and the US ambassador, overflew the key area of illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios. They sought to observe the most visible dimension of abuse: the environmental damage from illegal gold mining. The other end of the gold mining saga – and crucial to its control - is how illegal gold gets fed into the international gold market, in the process laundering it into ‘clean’ gold. In March 2017 Bloomberg described many of the mechanisms.

  • Odebrecht scandal brings new names to light

    28 May 2017

    Every week brings further evidence to light in the chain of corruption stemming from the activities of Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant.

  • 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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