Articles

  • Scientific flaws in Amazonian mega river navigation project

    5 March 2019

    An interdisciplinary study by Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) concludes that Hidrovía Amazónica, a state concession for construction of a 2,687 km channel linking the main ports of the Peruvian Amazon, poses a significant threat to a range of habitats and ecosystems.

  • Coffee producers squeezed

    5 March 2019

    Coffee producers, mainly small-scale farmers, are being squeezed out of the market by low international prices. Many have no alternative but to abandon their crops and seek alternative work picking coca leaves and producing cocaine paste.

  • Study recommends ending the use of police by extractive industries

    5 March 2019

    The Instituto de Defensa Legal, the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos and US-based EarthRights International have released a report that analyses in detail the content of 138 agreements between the Peruvian police and extractive companies since they were first introduced in 1995.

  • IACHR session calls for effective protection for human rights defenders

    5 March 2019

    On 14 February, during the 171th period of sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), civil society organisations had the opportunity to present their ongoing concerns about the situation of human rights defenders in Peru. They believe it has reached a crisis point.

  • Odebrecht witnesses spill more beans on Peruvian bribes

    24 February 2019

    It has been a week of new revelations about Odebrecht’s operations in Peru over many years. The scale of the scandal widened as new information emerged on the Peruvian politicians and officials bribed in order to secure contracts and on the often circuitous routes by which they were paid. Those who took money include aspirants to public office at all levels of government, national, regional and municipal.

  • Government launches assault on illegal mining in Madre de Dios

    24 February 2019

    Last Tuesday, 19 February, the government launched a large operation to combat illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios. It announced a state of emergency for two months, and dispatched 1,272 police and 300 troops to the area of La Pampa in an operation conducted by air, river and land. The programme is designed to last two years.

  • Consultation opens on measures to apply new Law on Climate Change

    24 February 2019

    Seven national indigenous organisations attended the launch on 17 February of the Ministry of Environment’s prior consultation process on regulations proposed to implement the recent climate change law. Given the priority in climate change mitigation accorded to REDD +  many came from the Amazon region.

  • Rains bring massive damage to southern Peru

    16 February 2019

    This year’s extreme weather conditions in the Andes – avalanches and flooding – are not so much in the north of Peru (as in 2017) but more in the south. The worst hit areas appear to be in Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. The numbers affected rose through the course of last week as homes were washed away and basic infrastructure (like roads and bridges) destroyed.

  • Castillo's appointment a welcome change

    16 February 2019

    Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne offered his resignation as Archbishop of Lima. Bishops are obliged to offer their resignation at 75 under Canon Law. On 25 January, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio, a Lima diocesan priest and theology professor at the Catholic University (PUCP).

  • Indefinite strike under way at La Corona, Cajamarca

    10 February 2019

    South African gold miner Gold Fields, producing at the La Corona mine in Hualgayoc, faces an indefinite strike as of 6 February. Strike action has been threatened since December by the five principal social organisations in the province. The decision was taken after dialogue with ministers failed to reach a solution.

  • 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. 

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    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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