Articles

  • Editorial: The new President

    Update 115. 31 May 2006

    The election of a new president opens up a new period, a period that provides the chance to look at things differently. It brings new opportunities, and hopefully new approaches to old problems. But we don't know whether these opportunities will be grasped, still less whether Peru in five years time is a better place for the majority of Peruvians than it is today.

  • Putting the spin into Peruvian Politics: The role of the media in the 2006 Elections

    Update 115. 31 May 2006

    The power of the media is rarely exercised with more impact than during elections. The seriousness with which politicians court media executives reflects the media's potential to make or break the ambitions of would-be political kingpins. The union of political advantage with commercial interest, often in the form of lucrative advertising campaigns, is a cause of concern in many countries, but in few places does the charge of media bias resonate as strongly as in Peru.

  • PSG Public Meeting: Big Challenges ahead for UK mining in Peru

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    Increasingly, UK mining companies are under scrutiny for their activities in Peru. To discuss the issues at hand, a meeting was held at Portcullis House, the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 21st March 2006 to hear Mr Nicanor Alvarado from VIMA, a faith-based environmental organisation.

  • The Company Law Reform Bill: Bring UK companies into the 21st Century

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    New laws to help UK companies act as a positive force and to ensure they are held accountable for their impact not only in the UK, but also overseas will be debated by MPs this spring as the Company Law Reform Bill goes to Parliament.

  • Editorial: The 2006 Election

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    By the time you read this, we may know the results of the first round of presidential elections, to be held on April 9.

  • Editorial: The Humala Bandwagon

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    Opinion polls in Peru are now showing Ollanta Humala to be rivalling Lourdes Flores in the race for the presidency; some polls even put him in the lead. How are we to explain the sudden eruption of this relatively unknown candidate on the political scene?

  • The Coca Question in Peru

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    The overwhelming victory of coca grower leader Evo Morales in Bolivia's recent presidential elections provides a potent reminder of long-standing frustration with U.S.-backed coca eradication policies implemented across the Andes that have provoked violence and social conflict.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight: Have a Fairtrade event for PSG

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    This year we want to celebrate the ever increasing range of Peruvian Fairtrade products during Fairtrade Fortnight, from 6 to19 March, by asking our members to organise a Fairtrade event for the PSG.

  • New Environmental Law has great potential - will it make a difference?

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    One of the best things about the controversy generated by the new Environment Law has been that it has begun to affect public opinion about a problem that is beginning to take a heavy toll. An effective policy of environmental protection is a necessary priority for a country like Peru.

  • Editorial: International and Peruvian NGOs under fire

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    When established interests find themselves under attack, it is becoming increasingly common for them to reach for the 'T' word, and accuse their opponents of being part of some international web of terrorist intrigue.

  • 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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