• So-called 'gender ideology' under fire from extreme right

    2 June 2019

    Peru’s right is once again seeking to mobilise public opinion, ostensibly over the government’s education and gender policies. On 24 May, members of the ultra-conservative group that calls itself #Con mis hijos no te metas held a march in the centre of Lima which ended up occupying the Plaza Bolivar, outside the Congress building.

  • Constitutional train crash looming?

    25 May 2019

    The last ten days have seen a serious deterioration in relations between the executive power and the majority group within the legislature, led by the so-called fujiapristas. There is speculation that this could lead to a constitutional crisis by which either the Congress passes a motion to vacate the presidency or the executive calls for motion of confidence which, if not passed, would lead to the dissolution of the present Congress and the election of another.

  • Hidrovia navigation scheme moves ahead without consulta previa

    25 May 2019

    Having recently adopted a tough line on inadequate technical studies for the Amazon region’s most controversial current mega-infrastructure project the national environmental standards authority (Senace), appears to have reversed its stance..

  • Other inter-oceanic project on the books?

    25 May 2019

    When Presidents Evo Morales and Martín Vizcarra meet on 26 May, the project to build a rail link between Ilo and Santos (in Brazil) will be high on the agenda, as will the purchase by Peru of Bolivian natural gas.

  • Susana Villarán jailed for 18 months

    17 May 2019

    The judicial decision to jail the former mayor of Lima for 18 months while investigations continue into allegations of corruption came as no surprise. Susana Villarán is but the latest Peruvian politician to fall victim to the bribery scandal perpetrated by Odebrecht and other Brazilian construction companies. Her lawyers will appeal the ruling.

  • The informal sector; onwards and upwards

    17 May 2019

    According to the National Statistics Institute (INEI) in a report released last week, the number of Peruvians working in the informal sector reached 8.6 million, up nearly 3% on the first quarter of 2018.

  • Title IX complaint; what the European Commission said

    17 May 2019

    On 7 May, the Peru Europe Platform (PEP) and 27 Peruvian civil society organisations sent a letter to the head of the Trade Unit at the European Commission that expressed disappointment at the Commission’s official response to the complaint submitted in October 2017.

  • Amazon communities suffer heavy metal poisoning

    17 May 2019

    Mongabay has recently highlighted the significant ongoing health challenges facing Peru’s remotest indigenous peoples, notably the Nahua who reside within the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Territorial Reserve (RTKNN) in Atalaya province, Ucayali region.

  • Corruption investigations move forward; Humala, Heredia and Villarán in the firing line

    12 May 2019

    After many months of work on cases related to the Odebrecht scandal, the first conviction is expected at the beginning of June. The trial against former regional governor of Áncash, César Alvarez, and ten other men accused of irregularities, is expected to come to a conclusion soon.

  • About-turn on deforestation watchdog following US trade delegation visit

    12 May 2019

    OSINFOR, arguably Peru’s only effective regulator against the country’s endemic timber trafficking, is returning to its original status. Its accommodation at the Ministry of Environment (Minam) has thus proved only temporary. It returns only six months after its demotion from its more influential position within the presidency of the Council of Ministers.

  • 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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