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  • Defensoría figures show upturn in conflicts

    22 April 2018

    Figures published by the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) show a sustained increase in the number of conflicts registered over the last six months. At the end of March, these totalled 188, compared with 168 last September.

     

  • The hemispheric summit and the 'crusade' against business corruption

    15 April 2018

    Peru this weekend played host to the eighth hemispheric summit, a gathering of government leaders from across the region. According to its official title, the summit was supposed to focus on improving governance and reducing corruption. With many of the regions leaders accused of corruption it was arguable that there would be no shortage of experience to inform the debate in these areas. But the extent to which the heads of government could be relied upon to promote clean government was very much open to question.

  • Mining tensions

    15 April 2018

    The new government in Peru has its hands full on many fronts in the mining sector. Several major projects face serious issues.

  • Hopes and fears: cabinet appointments and what they mean for issues around extractives

    8 April 2018

    From the perspectives of human rights and potential conflict over extractives, there are interesting choices in the new cabinet. Vizcarra has opted for ministers with significant hands-on experience and with their roots beyond Lima.

  • A cabinet from the second division

    8 April 2018

    A ‘cabinet of vice-ministers’; this is the description that seems to have struck a chord with commentators in Lima, not because all members of President Martín Vizcarra’s new cabinet were previously vice-ministers (though several were) but because they seem to belong to the second league of office-holders. In choosing his ministers, Vizcarra has sought to avoid giving the impression of giving carte blanche to the business elite.

  • Conflict between the Fujimori siblings reaches new pitch

    8 April 2018

    The rivalry between former presidential candidate and Fuerza Popular (FP) party leader Keiko Fujimori and her brother Kenji threatens to derail the Fujimori clan’s quest for power. Last week, Kenji Fujimori offered to give evidence against his sister to the public prosecutor’s enquiry into FP’s electoral finances while Keiko launched proceedings that could lead to her brother being expelled from Congress.

  • PPK out, Vizcarra in: a change of direction?

    24 March 2018

    In the end he resigned before he was pushed out. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his departure on 21 March and Martin Vizcarra, hitherto the country’s first vice-president, was sworn in to replace him on 23 March. In the event, 105 members of Congress approved his resignation, with 12 voting against and three abstaining.

  • PPK under fire (again)

    17 March 2018

    Congress has agreed that the president will once again go through the process of impeachment. On 16 March PPK received the members of the Lava Jato commission in the presidential palace for a meeting that lasted more than seven hours.

  • Public opinion on mining in the 'mining corridor'

    17 March 2018

    A survey of public opinion on the effects of mining has just been published by Cooperacción, who commissioned it from Ojo Público. The survey was conducted in the 'mining corridor' which runs through the Southern Andes

  • Kuczynski to face the music, again

    11 March 2018

    In the early hours of 8 March, Fuerza Popular (FP) announced it had decided to support the initiation of new impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. In the event, 30 members of Congress from various parties signed the motion to begin proceedings.

  • 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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