Articles

  • Editorial: Law Controlling NGO’s “inimical to democracy”

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    The Peru Support Group laments the fact that the Peruvian Congress has approved legislation which threatens to curb drastically the freedom of action enjoyed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.

  • Editorial: NGOs and democracy

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    Peru has long had a large network of NGOs, most of which are involved in tackling poverty and providing assistance at the grass-roots. They have played a key role in helping to connect society and the state in a country where these are often poles apart, giving some sort of voice to those who would otherwise lack it.

  • The Cost of Climate Change: Peru feels the heat of global warming

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    As world attention focuses on the latest round of climate change negotiations in Nairobi, a continent away, Peru is already feeling the effects of global warming.

  • Regional and Municipal Elections – Independents Prevail

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    The results from the November 19 regional and municipal elections provided further evidence, if this were needed, of the poor standing of Peru's national political parties.

  • A round-up of the year

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    2006 has been a year of elections throughout Latin America and none was followed more closely than that in Peru with the final two candidates – Alan García and Ollanta Humala going head to head in the polls and a very slim margin in the final round of voting.

  • Editorial: PSG Investigating UK mining in Peru

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    Conflicts between mining companies and communities in the areas where they operate are nothing new in Peru. However, they are becoming increasingly commonplace, leading often to violent stand-offs.
     

  • Garcia takes the helm of the Peruvian economy

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    What are called "the international financial institutions" remain well entrenched in Peru under its new president, Alan García, who took office from his predecessor Alejandro Toledo on 28 July.

  • Editorial: President Garcia takes office

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    Alan García takes over as president of Peru on July 28. Few people would have thought that the disgraced politician who left his country in an economic shambles in 1990 would return to resume his tenancy of Lima's Palacio de Pizarro.

  • Mining in Peru – Community Rights and Corporate Responsibilities

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    A key area of concern first documented by the PSG last year in its 'Mining and Poverty' bulletin is the rise and escalation of mining-community conflicts. Mining is the country's leading economic sector providing 55% of its exports and accounting for 6% of its GDP. However, although mining has the potential to contribute to Peru's development and alleviate poverty, the rise of anti-mining protests and demonstrations has led to the delay and suspension of various mining and exploration projects around the country.

  • The South American Explores Club of Lima

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    South American Explorers has always had a special relationship with Peru as its first Clubhouse was founded in Lima in 1977, and has had a permanent presence there ever since.

  • 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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