Articles

  • Congressional waste comes under fire

    3 June2018

    Abuse of parliamentary privilege is fast going up the public agenda in Peru. Since it achieved an absolute majority in July 2016, the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular (FP) party has had little scruple in managing Congress in its own interest. Of particular importance has been its management of the committees investigating the Lava Jato scandal, the ethics committee and the constitutional affairs committee.

  • Barreto's appointment: surprising and encouraging news

    3 June2018

    On 20 May Pope Francis announced that Pedro Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo, would be one of 14 new cardinals to be created on 29 June.

  • Another oil spill threatens jungle communities

    3 June2018

    The latest spill from the ageing and poorly maintained Northern Peru Pipeline is in the district of Andoas. The Northern Pipeline has fractured many times in recent months and years.

  • Fissures in government: PM versus MEF

    20 May 2018

    Policy disagreements are emerging at the heart of government with Prime Minister César Villanueva last week publically overruling Economy Minister David Tuesta over tax policy.

  • Battles over memory

    20 May 2018

    The past week has seen an escalation of the bitter disagreements over how to frame the memory of more than two decades of violent conflict (1980-2002). First came the episode where an assistant working for a Congresswoman was found to have been previously condemned for terrorism. Second, a Congressman presented a heavily edited video at the Museum of Memory (LUM) accusing one of their employees of the crime of apología.

  • Boris in Lima: post-Brexit diplomacy

    20 May 2018

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson briefly visited Lima on 19 May in a bid to reaffirm economic and financial relations between the UK and Peru.

  • Not so blind justice: Humala and Heredia suffer eviction order

    13 May 2018

    Only a week after their release from jail at the insistence of the Constitutional Tribunal, Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia found themselves again victims of Peru’s judicial system. Various properties belonging to them were embargoed at the insistence of the very same judge who had sent them to jail.

  • The debate about increased poverty

    13 May 2018

    Carolina Trivelli, one of Peru’s best informed experts on poverty and social deprivation has written a piece which is interpreting recently published figures that show an increase in poverty levels for the first time in some 20 years.

  • Villanueva programme approved

    5 May 2018

    Prime Minister César Villanueva and his cabinet won a resounding vote of confidence on 3 May, supported by the Fujimorista party, Fuerza Popular (FP). Those who opposed came mainly from the left-wing benches of the Frente Amplio and Nuevo Perú. The motion of confidence was approved by 94 members of Congress, opposed by 19, with two abstentions.

  • Humala and Heredia's release highlights judicial inequities

    5 May 2018

    The release from prison on 30 April of former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia has sparked new discussion about the double standards and abuses committed by the Peruvian judicial system. Humala and Heredia were jailed in July last year without any charges presented against them. The justification for their imprisonment was that they might seek to escape or otherwise influence the verdict. 

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    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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