Articles

  • 'Best practice' and poor practice

    11 August 2018

    There are many important dimensions to 'best practice' when a mining company is trying to negotiate its way into a community where it will need to work for a number of years. Two of the most crucial concern the environmental impact assessments (EIAs), and the existence of diverse and possibly conflicting interests among the people who live in places surrounding the mine.The prior study of environmental impacts lies at the heart of the first of these.

  • Corruption scandals deepen

    5 August 2018

    The scandal that has engulfed Peruvian politics continued to deepen last week as audios of conversations surfaced involving prominent Fujiimorista Congressman Héctor Becerril.

  • Root and branch judicial reform urged by top academic

    5 August 2018

    Eduardo Dargent from Lima’s Catholic University (PUCP) is someone who has long studied the Peruvian judiciary. His opinion piece, published in La República on 4 August, is worth reading. In it, he traces the nature of judicial corruption back to the 1980s and how it has developed since

  • Vizcarra taken to task for failure to respond to community concerns

    5 August 2018

    President Martín Vizcarra has been taken to task for mentioning virtually nothing, in his Independence Day speech, about defending the rights of communities threatened by extractive industries.

  • Vizcarra throws down the gauntlet

    29 July 2018

    It is perhaps a sign of the times that President Martín Vizcarra, in his speech to Congress on 28 July, decided to appeal to the people, over the head of Congress, for approval of a programme of political and judicial reforms. He announced the calling of referendums to promote a radical package of reforms.

  • Conflict at Coroccohuayco: accounting for history in EIAs

    29 July 2018

    The extension of Antapaccay, Glencore’s next mining project, at Coroccohuayco is close to approval. But the surrounding communities are far from happy. There were protests in February by the community of Huano Huano over the company’s failure to fulfil various community investment commitments. Last week saw 2,000 community members from 13 communities protesting about their exclusion from the area of influence of the mine’s extension.

  • Judicial corruption scandal deepens and brings changes

    22 July 2018

    In what is becoming an ever-evolving story of corruption, more audios continue to appear, regularly implicating the judiciary, ministers, members of Congress and politicians. Justice Minister Salvador Heresi was one of the first ones to go last week, and on 21 July Congressman Vicente Zeballos was sworn in to replace him.

  • Criminalisation of social protest: the Aduviri case

    15 July 2018

    An important case is due to come before the Peruvian Supreme Court shortly, with implications both for the protection of the right to protest and respect for indigenous rights to prior consultation.

  • Phone taps reveal new judicial corruption; Vizcarra announces overhaul

    15 July 2018

    It was a week that rocked the Peruvian judiciary. It began with the publication of the texts of numerous phone tapping operations that compromised senior members of the judiciary. It ended with President Vizcarra sacking the justice minister, Salvador Heresi, and detailing the members of a high-level commission to reform the workings of the judicial branch.

  • Who controls the Constitutional Tribunal?

    8 July 2018

    Those who control the body charged with deciding on whether laws are constitutional or not occupy a key role in any political system. In Peru, it is the role of the Constitutional Tribunal and it will have to judge whether the so-called Ley Mulder (‘Gagging Law’) accords (or not) with stipulations in the 1993 Constitution about guarantees on press freedom.

  • 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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