• From macro-corruption to the micro

    27 February

    While the public prosecutor’s office struggles with problems of macro-corruption, other forms of corruption (which could be termed ‘micro-corruption’) are an everyday occurrence in the pursuit of resources to realise small-scale public sector investment at the local level.

  • Ombudsman issues a damning report on the regulation of environmental impacts

    27 February 2017

    The Peruvian Obudsman’s office, the Defensoria del Pueblo, has just published a noteworthy piece of work. In 266 pages it reviews in great detail how far the national legal framework for monitoring the environmental effects of economic activity is ‘fit for purpose’. It concludes with 64 recommendations directed at specific agents in the public sector in all its relevant spheres.

  • Chinese mining standards come under scrutiny

    18 February 2017

    A seminar organised by the Congress (in conjunction with Cooperacción, Oxfam and IISCAL) on 17 February provided a timely opportunity to discuss the environmental and social standards applicable to Chinese investments in Peru.

  • Government legislative decrees may threaten indigenous land rights

    18 February 2017

    Analysis of the 112 legislative decrees passed by the executive in the 90 days leading up to 6 January have been undertakenby indigenous and human rights organisations which have assessed the implications of some of these decrees for the most vulnerable populations.

  • The Quipu Project

    18 February 2017

    This week we are including links to the Quipu Project, this ‘living documentary’ created by a group for people in Peru and in the United Kingdom. The project aims to provide a resource for those who were forcefully sterilised in Peru during the 1990s.

  • Toledo arrest warrant issued

    11 February 2017

    On 9 February, the Peruvian courts issued an international warrant for the arrest of former president Alejandro Toledo (2001-06). Toledo was named as having received US$20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction company. Toledo has maintained his innocence of the charges against him.

  • The ABC of exercising influence

    11 February 2017

    Writing in the business newspaper Gestión, Manuel Romero Caro outlines the various strategies used by Odebrecht (and probably other companies of the same ilk) in influencing government decisions in its favour.

  • Toledo accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes

    5 February 2017

    According to testimony from senior Odebrecht executives gained through plea bargaining, the Brazilian construction company paid former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo US$20 million in bribes to secure contracts to build the Inter-Oceanic highway linking Peru and Brazil. The money was paid through a series of offshore accounts between 2005 and 2008.

  • Cuzco airport row: addendums, Public Private Partnerships and construction delays

    5 February 2017

    After a week of uncertainties over the future construction of Chincheros airport in Cuzco, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski laid the first stone on 3 February. Earlier in the week, following a fierce row over the funding arrangements, the future of Chincheros was placed in doubt.

  • Lima awash with flood waters, corruption allegations

    28 January 2017

    Last week was a difficult one, both for many Peruvians and for their government. Flooding affected large swaths of the coast, not least in Ica and Lima. At the same time, the backwash from the Brazilian Car Wash (Lava Jato) scandal continued to concentrate media attention.

  • 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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