• Fuerza Popular heads into the shredder

    12 January 2019

    With Keiko Fujimori in jail, Chávarry removed from his position as chief public prosecutor (see below), Vizcarra triumphant in the referendum, and popular wrath over Fuerza Popular’s (FP) connections with corruption scandals, it has not been a happy New Year for Peru’s main opposition party FP.

  • Will the ex-Chief Public Prosecutor be prosecuted?

    12 January 2019

    After weeks in the eye of the storm, Chief Public Prosecutor Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry finally resigned his post on 8 January. His position had become untenable after he tried to remove the prosecutors in charge of the Lava Jato investigation. Chávarry’s replacement is Zoraida Avalos.

  • Chavarry on the ropes?

    5 January 2019

    The New Year brought a dramatic development in the conflict between Fuerza Popular and the government with the retraction by the Chief Public Prosecutor of a previous edict sacking the two prosecutors most closely involved in anti-corruption activities. On 2 January the Fiscal Pedro Chávarry issued a resolution reaffirming the positions of José Domingo Pérez and Rafael Vela, the two prosecutors in charge of investigations into the Lava Jato corruption enquiry.

  • Vizcarra, buoyed up by referendum result, issues warning to Congress

    17 December 2018

    There is no doubting who has emerged the major winner of last week’s referendums: President Martín Vizcarra. His popularity, as measured by two polls, rose four points over November to 61% in December. The losers are the opposition parties whose leaderships now seem so compromised by allegations of corruption and cover-up.

  • Cipriani to vacate archbishopric of Lima

    17 December 2018

    On 28 December, Juan Luis Cipriani, the arch-conservative archbishop of Lima, will step down when he reaches his 75th birthday. He will remain a cardinal.

  • Some justice for women?

    17 December 2018

    In the past couple of weeks, women’s rights campaigners in Peru have had cause for celebration as the judiciary has taken steps to redress two notorious cases. On 13 December, the High Court of Lima North decided in the case of Arlette Contreras.

  • Oxfam campaigns for tax justice and women's health

    17 December 2018

    In a recent working paper, published in November, Oxfam Perú and Acción Internacional para la Salud link together Peru’s highly inequitable tax system and the incidence of cancer among women.

  • Labour minister resignation betokens cabinet changes

    10 December 2018

    Christian Sánchez resigned as labour minister on 7 December, paving the way for cabinet changes. He did so following weeks of rumours that he disagreed with President Vizcarra’s proposals for labour reform.

  • Referendum result: Yes, Yes, Yes, No

    10 December 2018

    The results from the referendums on 9 December were in line with what was widely expected and represent support for the positions adopted by President Martín Vizcarra. There were large majorities for the proposal to introduce the Junta Nacional de Justicia (JNJ), replacing the discredited Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM), the body charged with appointing and dismissing both judges and public prosecutors (fiscales).

  • Alan García's fall from grace

    10 December 2018

    Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez’s rejection of Alan García’s request for political asylum is yet another serious blow to the political pretensions of Peru’s twice former president; it could well be the prelude for him to end up in jail, like his ally Keiko Fujimori. García left the residence of the Uruguayan ambassador in San Isidro on 3 December.

  • 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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