• Letter from Puno: Using the law to protect community rights

    1 April 2019

    Jatucachi is an indigenous community in an area straddling the border between Puno and Moquegua regions. It has become the centre of legal attention as the indigenous leaders, with the help of a local NGO, struggle to enforce their rights to prior consultation (consulta previa) against a number of mining companies.

  • An alternative development blueprint for Madre de Dios

    23 March 2019

    In the wake of the 60-day state of emergency imposed on four districts of Madre de Dios after police and military assumed control of the epicentre of gold mining at La Pampa on 19 February, the authorities are proposing an integrated medium-term solution for an illicit extractive industry that involves directly or indirectly up to 35,000 people.

  • Tuesta commission publishes recommendations for political reform

    23 March 2019

    On 20 March, the commission headed by Fernando Tuesta published a summary of its recommendations for political and electoral reforms. All in all they involve twelve changes to the existing legislative framework of which four would involve constitutional changes. Almost immediately, Congessional President Daniel Salaverry countered the proposals by saying Congress, where opposition parties dominate, would contract its own specialists to suggest changes.

  • Letter from Cajamarca (2): the rondas campesinas

    23 March 2019

    Hualgayoc is a cold and rather forbidding town. Its mining traditions are very clear, and it has been the centre of mining activity since colonial times, if not before. It is also a politically lively place where the rondas campesinas loom large in maintaining order and defending local people from banditry.

  • Espinar: continuing problems with mine developments

    18 March 2019

    The NGOs Cooperacción and Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras produced articles highlighting the continuing conflict in the province of Espinar, in Cusco. Communities there are increasingly frustrated by the continued lack of effective policies to address health concerns.

  • The issue of human trafficking: seminar in Lima

    18 March 2019

    A seminar was held in Lima on 12 March on the issue of human trafficking. The event included regional governors and public officials. The event reflects a growing preoccupation with this abuse of human rights.

  • Letter from Cajamarca

    18 March 2019

    Should you be in Cajamarca and find yourself in Jirón Lima, opposite Dylon’s chicken rotisserie, you will find one of Peru’s most innovative and long-lasting development projects, and one with which the Peru Support Group has a rather special link.

  • Exit Villanueva as prime minister

    11 March 2019

    On 8 March, César Villanueva formally announced that he was resigning as president of the Council of Ministers. President Martín Vizcarra announced shortly afterwards that his resignation had been accepted. It remains moot whether he ‘jumped’ or was ‘pushed’ from above.

  • Confiep deploys lobby power to modify tax evasion legislation

    11 March 2019

    The publication by Ojo Público of correspondence between Roque Benavides, the head of Confiep and boss of the Buenaventura mining company, appears to have struck a sensitive nerve among key figures in the business community.

  • Forcibly sterilised women continue fight for justice

    11 March 2019

    The association of women affected by forced sterilisation during the Fujimori years  took to the streets with other feminist collectives to continue their campaign for justice. 

  • 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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