• Fuerza Popular suffers its first loss

    18 September 2016

    On 16 September, Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma resigned her membership of Keiko Fujimori’s political party, Fuerza Popular (FP). Vilcatoma’s exit was neither a quiet nor a simple affair.

  • New ombudsman threatens to downplay human rights protection

    18 September 2016

    Congress voted vote on a new human rights ombudsman on 6 September; and has duly anointed the declared front runner Walter Gutiérrez. Eleven years since Congress last mustered the absolute majority required to elect Ombudswoman Beatriz Merino, this is an achievement of sorts. However, the election of Gutiérrez has given human rights observers little cause for celebration.

  • Fujimorista to head tax office

    18 September 2016

    A row has broken out over the Kuczynski government’s decision to appoint a close collaborator of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori as head of SUNAT, the tax agency.

  • Delegation of powers: things to watch for

    11 September 2016

    The government’s legislative agenda has become a little clearer over recent weeks, not least because of the list of measures for which the executive is asking for special legislative powers. These cover a number of areas that range from the economy and citizen (in)security to the future of Petroperú. The official request for delegated legislative powers was sent to Congress on 8 September.

  • How wide and what sort of front?

    11 September 2016

    With its second national congress planned for later this month, new internal tensions threaten to sink the left-wing Frente Amplio (FA). These follow the announcement by the leadership of Tierra y Libertad (TyL) last week, withdrawing support for three of its delegates on the FA: Pedro Francke, Marisa Glave and Irma Pflucker.

  • Extractive governance: the importance of the sub-national

    11 September 2016

    A seminar was held in London on this topic on Friday 9 September at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), jointly sponsored by the ODI and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). The principal aim was to present significant work carried out over the last eight years by the NRGI on the topic, based on country studies including Peru.

  • PPK's next hurdle: delegated powers

    3 September 2016

    Having cleared its first major hurdle – winning a vote of confidence in the new cabinet led by Fernando Zavala, the Kuczynski administration now faces its next one: winning parliamentary support for a raft of measures designed to tackle problems of the economy and security.

  • Fujimoristas hold key to ombudsman election

    3 September 2016

    Congress has once again announced that it will formally appoint a new human rights ombudsman next Tuesday, 6 September. The current ombudsman, Eduardo Vega, has led the institution ably despite being hamstrung by a protracted ‘interim’ status.

  • Historic ruling on Accomarca

    3 September 2016

    On 1 September, the long-running judicial process on the case of 73 campesinos brutally assassinated by the army in 1985 finally came to a conclusion. Jurors found the military commanders that gave the order guilty of murder, alongside the officers who implemented the order and some of the soldiers involved.

  • Transparencia and its 32 proposals

    27 August 2016

    With the elections over, the new government installed, and a cabinet recently approved by the Congress, it is time to think once again about reforms to the electoral system to avoid the sort of problems that emerged over the course of 2016.

  • 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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