Articles

  • 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.

  • Community leaders in Chaparrí face threats from land traffickers

    11 March 2018

    Since December 2017, the Chaparri reserve (in Lambayeque region) has seen an alarming increase in incidents of surveillance, death threats and attacks against community leaders defending their land against illegal land grabbing.

  • Copper price rise presages renewed conflict

    11 March 2018

    With copper prices up nearly 18% on this time last year, it is not surprising that major mining companies are reconsidering projects shelved only a few years back and pushing the government for approvals.

  • Barata's testimony

    2 March 2018

    Peru had awaited 27 and 28 February with extraordinary interest. These were the dates on which Jorge Barata, the former president of Odebrecht’s Lima operations, had agreed to provide testimony in return for freedom from prosecution. His former boss, Marcelo Odebrecht, had previously provided information on how his firm had paid large contributions to the presidential campaigns of various party leaders in Peru.

  • Amnesty points to ongoing human rights problems in Peru

    2 March 2018

    Amnesty International’s latest Annual Report “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/2018” covers 159 countries, providing a succinct summary and analysis of their human rights records.

  • Hanging by a thread

    24 February 2018

    Will he stay? Will he go? The next two weeks should make clear whether or not President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski remains in office. Lima pundits blow hot and cold. A major determinant of Kuczynski’s fate will be the evidence provided by Jorge Barrata, due to be offered up on 27 and 28 February.

  • Letter voices concern over land grabbing in Ucayali

    24 February 2018

    Thirty eight international and national civil society organisations co-signed an urgent letter to the Peruvian authorities expressing deep concern at the increasingly dangerous situation faced by community leaders and their families of the community of Santa Clara of Uchunya. This is caused by illegal and aggressive land-grabbing in and around their territory.

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    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. 

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    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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