• New strategy to manage illegal mining

    28 January 2017

    The government is implementing what is being described as a ‘carrot and stick’ policy with respect to illicit mining operations.

  • Kuczynski faces challenging times

    22 January 2017

    President Kuczynski’s honeymoon seems to have been fleeting; having passed the first 100 days in office, he is facing falling popularity ratings and the perception that his is government is fundamentally weak. His popularity has fallen eight points from 53% in December to 45% in January, and his disapproval rating is now slightly higher than that of approval.

  • EITI praise for Peru, but...

    22 January 2017

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has just announced its ‘rating’ of Peru’s transparency for the country’s procedures and data against which the EITI’s new and tighter standard introduced in 2016 is measured. Of the 51 countries that have signed up to the EITI, only five, including Peru, achieved at most ‘meaningful progress’.

  • BHRRC takes companies to task on human rights

    15 January 2017

    The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre puts Peru among the countries in which human rights defenders (HRDs) are most at risk. It issued its Latin America Briefing earlier this month. Publication was timed to provide an input for the Second Regional Consultation on Firms and Human Rights in Santiago on 17-19 January. 

  • Petroperú to be privatised by the back door?

    15 January 2017

    The announcement last week that the government is considering selling off Petroperú’s headquarters in San Isidro has set alarm bells ringing that this portends the privatisation of the state oil company.

  • Congressional Commission to investigate Odebrecht bribery scandal

    9 Janaury 2017

    On 4 January, a congressional commission was created to deal with the accusations of illegal payments to government officials by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company. Congressman Víctor Albrecht has been selected to lead the commission.The government has reached an agreement with Odebrecht to provide relevant information.

  • Strategy for dealing with conflicts?

    9 January 2017

    As 2017 dawns, the conflictive inheritance from 2016 makes itself felt. The latest figures from the Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) show that there were no less than 213 conflicts as of the end of last November, the great majority classified as ‘social-environmental’ and most of these to do with mining.

  • At the end of the year

    18 December 2016

    It has been an eventful year for Peruvian politics. Not only did we see the nail-bitingly close outcome of the second round presidential election in June, with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski snatching victory at the expense of Keiko Fujimori, but also the extraordinary results of the legislative elections which gave Fujimori’s followers well over half the seats in Congress.These results have put Peruvian politics on a highly unstable footing

  • Civil society and FTA monitoring: the importance of Title IX

    18 December 2016

    On 8 December, the Peru Support Group, as part of the European-wide coalition Peru European Platform (PEP), travelled to Brussels to attend an open civil society forum hosted by the European Commission. Delegates from Peru, Colombia and the EU civil society gathered to discuss the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement’s provisions on sustainable development contained in Title IX of the FTA treaty.

  • Congress v Saavedra

    11 December 2016

    The interpelación (questioning) of Education Minister Jaime Saavedra led to the Fujimoristas in Congress deciding to push ahead with a motion of censure. The Fuerza Popular (FP) majority block says it intends to push ahead with the vote against Saavedra, probably in the next few days.

  • 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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