• EITI Global meeting in Lima, February 2016

    8 March 2016

    The Peru Support Group was present at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, held in Lima on 24 and 25 February. The issue of civil society and its participation in the EITI proved to be a fractious issue, with some civil society groups walking out of the conference in protest.

  • Elections: two presidential candidates barred

    6 March 2016

    With only a month to go the presidential elections, we still don’t know who the candidates are. This is because on 4 March, the Special Electoral Jury (JEE) ruled that two prominent candidates, César Acuña and Julio Guzmán, are not going to be allowed to participate.

  • Mendoza speaks her mind

    6 March 2016

    On 28 February, in an interview in the daily paper Peru 21 with the journalist Mariella Balbi, she shared her thoughts on a number of key campaign issues.

  • EITI: civil society and rumpus in Lima

    27 February 2016

    Judging from this week’s UK press coverage of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Conference – held in Lima – readers would have thought discussions were mainly dominated by the brouhaha caused by the selections process of candidates on to the EITI Board

  • Requiem for an old party?

    27 February 2016

    It is always dangerous to write off a political party, especially in the heat of an election campaign. But Alan García’s lowly ratings in all the main opinion polls suggest that APRA, Peru’s oldest mass-based political party, is reaching a very low point in its political fortunes.

  • Most candidates colour-blind when it comes to seeing green

    20 February2016

    With the attention of the political world in Lima focused on the Guzmán case and the role of the controversial ruling of the JNE, key issues in the election, such as the fate of the environment in Peru, are being largely ignored.

  • Guzman's candidacy put on ice

    20 February 2016

    Although not yet formally barred from participating in the presidential elections, Julio Guzmán’s candidacy has been put on ice, and there is growing concern in Lima that he may not be allowed to participate. The National Electoral Jury decided on 16 February by three-votes-to-two that Guzmán’s Party ‘Todos Para Perú’  had failed to follow proper procedures when presenting his candidacy.

  • Forced sterilizations: no report until after elections

    15 February 2016

    The results of the judicial investigation against former president Alberto Fujimori and his three health ministers responsible for the forced sterilisation programme in the mid 1990s have been postponed for a further 150 days, ensuring that the results will not be available until after the election campaign is over.

  • Elections: Guzmán closes in on second place

    15 February 2016

    With less than two months to the first round of elections, the coveted second position is looking more attainable for self-proclaimed ‘outsider’ Julio Guzmán.

  • An agenda to combat inequality

    15 February 2016

    Oxfam Peru this week published a challenging paper asking all candidates in the election, and all in charge of public policy, to consider how to tackle inequality.

  • 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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