• When land titling is not quite what it seems

    9 September 2017

    The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published useful information on the problem of land rights in the Amazon. Though indigenous communities may have title to the land they occupy, this does not necessarily mean they can control what happens on that land.

  • New study on tax incentives points to lack of transparency in the mining sector

    9 September 2017

    The hugely generous tax benefits granted to individual large mining projects are questioned by a new study by a team from Oxfam, Propuesta Ciudadana and Cooperacción. Through a meticulous study of two major enterprises, Las Bambas and Cerro Verde, the team is able to show that, for example, Las Bambas will only begin to pay income tax in its sixth or seventh year of operation as a result of a whole complex of special arrangements, including accounting practices.

  • TC's transfuguismo ruling has important implications for political parties

    9 September 2017

    It remains to be seen whether, or to what extent, the pro-Fujimori majority in Congress will seek to void the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) questioning their own law that prevents party-hopping (transfuguismo).

  • Climate change puts water supplies at risk

    9 September 2017

    Water scarcity is causing huge problems for many communities, towns and, indeed, for the capital Lima. As demand for water increases, the natural supply will reduce as the glaciers retreat and, in the not-too-distant future, could vanish altogether.

  • Embattled government

    3 September 2017

    The publication of the latest GfK poll in La República on 27 August on political attitudes must have been grim reading for President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. His popularity ratings slipped to just 19%. That a Peruvian president’s ratings should plummet so is not unusual.

  • The teachers' strike ends

    3 September 2017

    On 2 September, it was announced that a majority of the regional organisations belonging to SUTEP had decided to call off their strike which had run for nearly three months. It was clear that this was not because of any agreement reached with the Ministry of Education or the minister, Marilú Martens.

  • Angélica Mendoza

    3 September 2017

    The death last week of Angélica Mendoza has brought sorrow to many. Angélica, 88, emerged as a leading figure of those in Ayacucho who sought answers from the military over the whereabouts of their loved ones, forcibly ‘disappeared’ during the 1980s when this part of the country was made an ‘emergency zone’ under the jurisdiction of a military commander.

  • CIVICUS points to lack of civic space in EITI countries

    27 August 2017

    CIVICUS, an international civil society organization, has just published a report analysing the latest trends of the state of civic space in all EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) member countries. Particularly interesting is the analysis of the state of civic space in resource-rich countries that have signed up to EITI principles. Peru is one of the 24 countries classified as ‘obstructed’,

  • Report on deforestation and gold mining in Madre de Dios

    27 August 2017

    A report by researchers from the Carnegie Institute of Science at Stanford University, published on 22 August, highlights in summary form the scale of deforestation in the Madre de Dios region since 1999.

  • Teachers' strike enters its third month

    19 August 2017

    Two months after the teachers’ strike began, there are few signs of any settlement; rather increasing distance between the teachers’ union, SUTEP, and an embattled government. President Kuczynski made a televised speech to the nation on 16 August in which he berated the union and its leaders, accusing them of ties with Sendero Luminoso. An Ipsos poll, published the previous weekend, showed that more than half of those who responded sympathised with the teachers’ demands for better pay and working conditions.

  • 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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