• Ancient irrigation methods may have contemporary relevance

    29 June 2019

    Peru suffers from a shortage of water and this deficiency will only worsen. A recent study suggests reinventing in the modern context some of the methods used by Inca and pre-Inca Andean civilisations.

  • Constitutional commission approves new party registration rules

    23 June 2019

    On 20 June, the constitutional committee of the Peruvian Congress approved new rules to govern the registration of political parties. Assuming that the rules are approved in the plenum, this will make it far easier for new political groupings to achieve official recognition for electoral purposes. It amends the existing Law on Political Parties.

  • Amazon dredging controversy reaches Europe

    23 June 2019

    Last week in Bonn, representatives from the Peruvian Amazon organised a forum to expose the serious dangers presented by the proposal to dredge the upper reaches of the Amazon River as part of the Hidrovía Amazónica project. This project proposes to widen and deepen the upper reaches of the river to create an inter-oceanic road and river ‘highway’.

  • EITI looks towards greater transparency in extractive contracts, gender disclosure, action on corruption

    23 June 2019

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s Global Conference (#EITI2019), which takes place every three years, was held in Paris last week (18-29 June). The Global Conference is seen as an opportunity for all stakeholders (governments, companies and civil society) from the 52 countries that commit to the EITI standard, to discuss progress in its implementation.

  • Presidential popularity surge, but for how long?

    15 June 2019

    Lacking a political party to back him up, President Martín Vizcarra’s political muscle in dealing with a recalcitrant Congress is his personal popularity. And there is no doubt that a confrontational stance towards Congress, or at least its fujiaprista majority, wins him ‘brownie’ points. The latest Datum survey, the first published so far this month, shows his popularity to have increased to 58%, 13 percentage points over his showing a month ago.

  • Aduviri trial raises tensions in Puno

    15 June 2019

    Behind judicial verdicts lie political interests, or so the supporters of Puno Governor Walter Aduviri believe. With a judicial verdict in his case likely to come up next month, Aduviri’s backers are threatening to mobilise their not inconsiderable political weight in the region to ensure that he is acquitted.

  • Traincrash averted, at least for now

    8 June 2019

    On 5 June, after two days of debate, Congress gave its support to the cabinet led by Salvador del Solar and its programme of political reform. Congress will need to approve these reforms by the end of the current legislature which could feasibly be extended to 15 July.

  • Draft law to expand oil and gas investments causes alarm

    8 June 2019

    On 3 July, Wilbert Rozas of the Frente Amplio and head of the congressional committee dealing with indigenous and environmental affairs, raised the alarm against a measure that would greatly extend the reach of oil and gas exploration and production, introduce contentious technologies such as fracking, raise the length of concessions from 40 to 60 years, and curtail the mandate of the National Environmental Fund to mitigate damage to community owned forest and river territories (replacing it with a social fund with no participation for those suffering the inevitable damage.

  • 'Good growth' conference raises questions about agribusiness

    8 June 2019

    The conference (13-17 May) brought more than 300 delegates to Lima, including government, private sector, farmers, and indigenous leaders. It took place under the auspices of the Good Growth Partnership which involves the UNDP, the UN Environment Programme, the World Bank's IFC, Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund.

  • Constitutional train crash, week two

    2 June 2019

    President Martín Vizcarra has once again demanded that parliament implement his political reform package, approved by referendum in December last year, or else pass a vote of no confidence in his cabinet. This is designed to force the hand of Congress, dominated by the so-called fujiappristas, as it is being interpreted as the second time Congress would deny confidence in a cabinet during the same administration.

  • 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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