• Political void on the left

    14 February 2015

    With little over a year until the next presidential elections, the Peruvian public seems very dissatisfied with the current crop of likely candidates. A poll carried out last week showed 49% did not want to vote for any of the candidates now in the running.

  • Breakthrough in long-running Amazon conflict?

    9 February 2015

    Peru’s Minister for Energy and Mines last week finally announced agreement on some of the key demands of the indigenous leaders in the valleys of the Corrientes, Tigre, Pastaza and Marañón rivers in Peru’s northern Amazon. This follows more than 40 years of contamination and neglect, and almost three years of negotiations between the state and the representatives from more than 100 communities and some 20,000 indigenous people.

  • Small-scale gold mining: a continuing threat to health and the environment

    2 February 2015

    The gold price has been falling in the last few days – but at over $1,260 an ounce it is still way above its 2000 level of $250. The incentive remains for poor people to continue seeking a living by exploiting gold. But as two recently published reports show, all too often this usually has disastrous impacts on human health (threatened by mercury poisoning), as well as on the environment and biodiversity.

  • Humala's humiliation

    2 February 2015

    The repeal of the Youth Employment Law constitutes a major, if not irreparable, political reverse for Humala who still has 18 months as president

  • Labour protest march ends in violence

    18 Jan 2015

    The fourth march through the streets of Lima on January 15 to protest against the Humala government’s legislation to liberalise employment laws ended in violence.The new law aims to give employers incentives to take on youngsters (aged between 18 and 24), but without the same contractual rights as ordinary employees.

  • Extractives, human rights and the environment - straws in the wind?

    09 January 2015

    The last month has produced a number of somewhat positive results in regard to Peru’s approach to the environment and extractives-related issues.However, the PSG cannot but feel that these events are more than just straws in the wind.

  • Second round regional elections: reading the runes

    10 Dec 2014

    Trying to draw conclusions from the results of second round elections for regional presidencies in 14 out of 25 regions presents difficulties.

  • Agroindustry and the (mis)use of water in Ica

    10 Dec 2014

    For years agroindustries – notably those producing asparagus – have been draining the water resources of Ica, to the detriment of small-scale agricultural producers

  • Amnesty survey on torture

    8 Dec 2014

    As part of its campaign against torture, Amnesty International has released a global survey on attitudes to torture.

  • Regional Elections in Puno

    29 November 2014

    With only days to go before the 7 December second round of regional elections, one of the most interesting contests is taking place in Puno, in the south-east of the country on the border with Bolivia.

  • 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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