• Accelerating investment without social and environmental checks?

    04 June 2013

    José de Echave, former environment minister and now director of Cooperacción, warns that weaker rules on land expropriation and environmetal impacts could fuel more social conflict.

  • Repsol, energy sovereignty and economic policy space in Peru

    03 June 2013

    Aborted state plans to buy energy assets showed the political leverage of big business winning out President Humala’s promised economic ‘transformation’.

  • Peru rowing backwards (fast) on prior consultation

    28 May 2013

    Sweeping exclusions threaten indigenous communities' long-delayed right to prior consultation, dividing the government and leaving investments open to prolonged resistance. 

  • Women's rights: Inequality, stereotypes, reproduction

    UPDATE 156. 03 April 2013

    A look at the key issues affecting women's rights - including violence, authorities' emphasis on preserving the patriarchal family, and the approach of the Ministry for Women

  • Villarán's narrow victory in the Lima recall battle

    UPDATE 156. 28 March 2013

    What explains the turn-around in favour of Lima's centre-left mayor, and what does the result mean for governance in the capital?

  • Can Humala defy gravity?

    Update 155. 11 February 2013

    How to explain the president's popularity given that he has pinned his colours to the maintenance of foreign investment, overwhelmingly benefiting the top few per cent of Peru’s population?

  • Event: Mining and development in the Andes

    11 February 2013

    4 March 2013, London

    A one-day conference featuring international speakers, who will explore alternative strategies for mining-based economies.

  • The Politics of 'Indulto'

    Update 154. 19 December 2012

    The political battle surrounding the indulto for former President Alberto Fujimori continues to be waged unremittingly in the Peruvian media. The indulto is an official pardon conceded by the president to those who are at death’s door or whose life prospects are seriously impaired by their being held prisoner.

  • Peru and the Persistence of Inequality

    Update 154. 19 December 2012

    The Peru Support Group’s annual conference this year saw Latin American and European academics and development professionals come together to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality in Peru. In this article we synthesise the main points made by the various speakers.

  • Case Study Launch: Torture at the Río Blanco Mine

    23 November 2012

    The Peru Support Group (PSG) today launches an academic case study examining human rights violations and community resistance to a mining project in northern Peru. The initiative differs from previous analyses of the conflict in that it explains the dispute, and subsequent efforts to obtain justice for the victims, principally through primary source material, including court documents, diplomatic cables, videos, photos and victim testimony.

  • 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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