Articles

  • The MEF 'losing weight'?

    10 December 2017

    The role of Peru’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has become a subject of public discussion in recent weeks. The president of the Central Bank (BCRP) Julio Velarde has drawn attention to the fact that, in his opinion, the MEF has lost “weight” in the last few years.

  • Democracy, PPK under threat?

    4 December 2017

    It was never going to be an easy ride for Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, faced as he is with an absolute control by the Fujimorista opposition in Congress. Despite the presidentialist nature of Peru’s constitution, inability to control Congress can make government impossible.

  • Anti-corruption investigations gather speed

    4 December 2017

    The latest declarations by Marcelo Odebrecht have set in motion a chain reaction, with the judicial investigations entering ever more political-sensitive terrain.

  • Julio Guzmán in the UK

    4 December 2017

    Julio Guzmán was in the UK last week, speaking at both Oxford University’s Latin American Centre and at the London School of Economics.

  • Corruption scandals continue to rip through Peruvian Politics

    26 November 2017

    The Odebrecht scandal continues to engulf the whole Peruvian political establishment. This time the accusations have been against left-leaning former Mayor of Lima Susana Villaran.

  • First national meeting to raise awareness of the issue of heavy metal poisoning

    26 November 2017

    On Monday 27 November the Working Group on Environmental Health is to discuss the urgent measures needed to develop adequate public policies for the prevention and cure of afflictions caused by heavy metal poisoning. The Group is formed by thirteen of the principal NGOs working on this issue in Peru.

  • New Report on Timber Trafficking in Peru

    19 November 2017

    On 9 November Global Witness launched a significant report on illegal logging in the Peruvian Amazon. An undercover investigation into the case of the attempted seizure of wood two years ago has provided video evidence of Peruvian entrepreneurs admitting to realising that their documents were false.

  • Repercussions of the latest Odebrecht revelations

    12 November 2017

    On 9 November Marcelo Odebrecht, the ex-CEO of the disgraced Brazilian company, was questioned by Peruvian public prosecutors. They were in Brazil to hear his responses to questions sent to him on 20 September dealing with many of the revelations made by him back in May.

  • US Action threatens to damage the fight for transparency in extractives

    12 November 2017

    The U.S announced on 2 November that it was withdrawing from implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

  • Possible breakthrough over Block 192

    5 November 2017

    The oil development in Loreto known as Block 192 has long been a source of contention: The communities have been insisting on a response to their demand for appropriate consultation. On 31 October, a new agreement was reached and signed in Loreto between the government and the Federations representing the communities.

  • 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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