• Elections 2016, the race begins

    19 October 2015

    With six months to go to the general elections on 10 April next, the race is formally on to see who will replace Ollanta Humala as Peru’s president. The elections promise to be more a contest between the presidential candidates that voters reject, rather than those who they admire most.

  • Discrepant views on Peru - is Alice in Wonderland?

    11 October 2015

    The challenges for the Peruvian population as the election draws nearer are highlighted by the kaleidoscope of news as the IMF/World Bank annual meeting ends in Lima.

  • TPP: what does it mean for Peru?

    11 October 2015

    The approval on October 5 in Atlanta of the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) was greeted as a major victory by the presidents of the three Latin American countries (Peru, Chile and Mexico) that had signed up to it.

  • Forest laws, paper laws?

    11 October 2015

    The approval of four items for the regulation of the Forestry and Fauna Law (297663) is a source of optimism.

  • Frente Amplio selects candidate

    2 October 2015

    On 4 October the Frente Amplio will select a candidate for the presidential campaign through a primary in which any Peruvian citizen (with an identity card) can take part.

  • Communities protest at Las Bambas

    2 October 2015

    At the Las Bambas mine in Apurímac region on 28 September, there were protests against the operating plans of MMG, the Chinese owners of the mine. Roads were blocked, a truck and properties were burned, and an indefinite strike declared. Clashes with police brought three deaths.

  • Economic downturn poses questions for the future

    2 October 2015

    This year’s downturn in commodity prices, especially for minerals like copper, has taken the lustre off Peru’s recent economic achievements. This year growth will still be positive but it will be a far cry from the stellar rates of the past.

  • Freed MRTA leader causes stir

    26 September 2015

    After serving his 25-year prison sentence, Peter Cárdenas Schulte was freed on 22 September. He was first convicted following his capture in Lima in 1992 for being a leading member of the MRTA.

  • Private companies and the police: recent events in Espinar

    26 September 2015

    The issue of contracts between private companies and the police for security services has been a cause of grave concern now for several years, particularly with regard to the management of protest in the mining sector. The issue has arisen again in Espinar.

  • New poverty map

    26 September 2015

    The National Statistic Institute has recently published a new Poverty Map that reveals some interesting changes in the distribution of poverty since the last one in 2009.

  • 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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