Articles

  • The Construction Club

    10 February 2019

    Both officials at the transport and communications ministry and executives within the construction industry will wait with bated breath to see what will be revealed as two members of the so-called ‘Construction Club’ (Club de la Construcción) prepare to spill the beans on how construction contracts have been awarded over the last two decades

  • Towards some unity on the left?

    3 February 2019

    Passing the mid-way point in the current legislature, attention will be increasingly focused on likely runners in the next presidential and congressional elections in 2021. Perhaps it was in recognition of this that left-wingers met last weekend in the city of Huancayo to discuss options.

  • Global Witness fears systematic deforestation in Peru

    3 February 2019

    In a recent report released by Global Witness, ‘The forest Avengers’, the London-based organisation made staggering warnings about the continued and rapid deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon forest, despite commitments by the Peruvian government to tackle what it called the “widespread and systematic” problem of illegal logging.

  • Who is to blame for the Amazon region's repeated oil spills?

    3 February 2019

    On 22 January, the regional governor of Loreto declared a state of emergency to restore oil production. This has been brought to a stop by what he called repeated acts of vandalism against the Northern Peru Pipeline, accompanied by closures of river transport, seizure of pumping stations and other illegal acts.

  • Fujimoristas to lose control of key legislative committees

    26 January 2019

    Although the current extended legislature is due to come to an end on 30 January, Congressional President Daniel Salaverry has called for a meeting of party representatives for 28 January to decide on the future make-up of parliamentary committees. The reshuffle is required because of recent changes in the party line-up, following a series of defections.

  • Peru recognises Guaidó as president in Venezuela

    26 January 2019

    Following hard on the heels of US President Donald Trump, Peru – in conjunction with several other members of the so-called Lima Group – recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela on 23 January. The decision appears to have been worked out well in advance

  • Growing concern over environment ministers among Amazon countries

    26 January 2019

    The shared territory of the Amazon makes it crucial to understand the governance of the territory shared between the four key countries in charge of this large area: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. A recent article by Open Democracy rightly focuses on the fact that all four countries have recently-appointed environment ministers and that it behoves us to understand who they are.

  • Concepción Carhuancho's dismissal sharpens judiciary battle

    19 January 2019

    On 16 January, Richard Concepción Carhuancho, the judge in charge of several Lava Jato cases, was removed from that adjudicating Keiko Fujimori in the case known as the ‘cocktail party case’. The judge was one of those opposed to the removal on New Year’s eve by former Chief Prosecutor Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry of the two prosecutors involved in the investigation.

  • Puno seeks to pursue its own development agenda

    19 January 2019

    Politics in Puno have long tended to sit somewhat uneasily with those of the rest of Peru. With its largely indigenous population and its proximity to Bolivia, puneños feel that their interests have not been well served by successive administrations in Lima. The election of Aymara Walter Aduviri as the new regional governor reflects this frustration and a desire to set a different agenda.

  • Awajún, Wampis denounce mining penetration on Ecuador border

    19 January 2019

    Repeated appeals by leaders of the Awajún communities of the Cordillera del Condor over the last two years have so far failed to mobilise the regional government in Amazonas to take steps to prevent incursions of illegal gold miners in this steep and forested area where the conflict between Peru and Ecuador was played out in the mid-1990s.

  • 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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