• UK Public Meeting on Amazon Violence

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    Over 90 people attended a public meeting organised jointly by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Peru, the Peru Support Group (PSG) and Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). The meeting was held at the Houses of Parliament on Monday June 22nd 2009 to give participants an opportunity to discuss the broad issues at play in the Peruvian Amazon and in particular the consequences of the Peruvian government's propagation of the 'Law of the Jungle'.

  • Alan Garcia

    Editorial: García Invokes Optimism

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    The annual presidential speech to Congress on Independence Day (July 28th) is a set-piece event through which whoever holds office highlights his achievements, minimises his shortcomings, and seeks generally to boost his public profile. Alan García's third in his present term (2006-11) was no exception.

  • Editorial: Stirring Regional Tensions

    UPDATE 133. May / April 2009

    Alan Garcia's decision to extend diplomatic asylum to three former Bolivian ministers - wanted by the Morales government in relation to the enquiry into a massacre in 2003 - is not only a calculated snub to the Bolivian president but also a move that has domestic significance. The more Peru distances itself from Bolivia (and Venezuela) the more Garcia seeks to identify Ollanta Humala as a friend of Peru's supposed foes.

  • A river in the Amazon

    Indigenous Groups Demand Reform of the 'Law of the Jungle'

    Update 133. May / April 2009

    Indigenous groups in Peru have blockaded roads and rivers, primarily in the Amazon region, in protest against a series of legislative decrees, collectively known as the 'Law of the Jungle'. This was approved last year by President Alan Garcia to make Peruvian law conform to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. They believe that the legislation will facilitate the access of multinational companies into the region, specifically those related to oil, mining, logging and agriculture, and further eliminate indigenous peoples' right to prior consultation and consent.

  • Fujimori

    PSG Statement: Fujimori Guilty of Human Rights Violations & Sentenced to 25 Years in Jail

    09 April 2009

    The Peru Support Group (PSG) would like to express its support of the Peruvian judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court’s Special Criminal Court, for its unanimous ruling and sentencing of former Peruvian president, Alberto Fujimori, to 25 years in jail for crimes against humanity committed during his time in office (1990-2000).

  • Editorial: Towards 2011

    UPDATE 132. 31 March 2009

    With presidential elections now only two years away, Peruvian politicians are focused on the struggle to see who replaces Alan Garcia. With many potential candidates in the running, it is most unlikely that any one will win outright on the first round, so a key issue is who the plausible candidates might be for the second round and the alliances that might emerge around them. This gives rise to all sorts of permutations

  • Human Rights Defenders in London

    Update 132. Feb / Mar 09

    In February, the Peru Support Group (PSG) hosted two events in London on human rights issues. Jose Pablo Baraybar, the director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF), spoke at Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre during the opening of a photographic exhibition, 'If I don't Come Back, Look for Me in Putis' by Peruvian photojournalist Domingo Giribaldi.

  • Editorial: The Privatisation of Intelligence

    Update 131. 31 January 2009

    The practice of phone tapping has a long, if dishonourable history in Peru.

  • Rio Blanco Update: Torture Allegations

    Update 131. 31 January 2009

    Anti-mining protesters claim that in August 2005, after peacefully demonstrating against the development of the Rio Blanco mine, 28 community members were kidnapped and beaten.

  • Economic Update: Dangers of a Commodity-Led Economy

    Update 131. 31 January 2009

    Peru has enjoyed strong macro-economic performance in recent years, mainly due to the favourable international conditions, such as high commodity prices and easy access to foreign credit.

  • 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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