Articles

  • British missionary found dead in Iquitos

    08 April 2019

    (Written by Martin Scurrah from Lima)


    Sallesian brother Paul McAuley was found dead last week in the centre he founded in Iquitos for poor indigenous youths who had left their communities to pursue high school or university studies in the city. His burnt body was found on the premises and police are investigating the circumstances of his death, regarded as suspicious.

     

  • Background to Las Bambas

    1 April 2019

    The conflict surrounding Las Bambas is entirely the responsibility of the government and MMG. Officials, media analysts and business people respond indignantly that the only thing that those protesting want is money. But the message systematically relayed by the last few governments is that the social license for large mining projects is achieved through money.

  • Report on Amazon deforestation points to gap between discourse and reality

    1 April 2019

    A recent study by Peruvian and Swedish researchers questions the Ministry of Environment’s assumption that small-scale migratory agriculture is responsible for 90% of deforestation in the Amazon region.

  • Deforestation and organised crime in the wider Amazon region

    1 April 2019

    An authoritative article on the Amazon is published by the Brazilian Igarapė Institute, authored by Robert Muggah, Adriana Abdenur and Ilona Szabó . They make a strong case for international cooperation in the face of the increased intertwining of organised crime and deforestation.

  • Letter from Puno: Using the law to protect community rights

    1 April 2019

    Jatucachi is an indigenous community in an area straddling the border between Puno and Moquegua regions. It has become the centre of legal attention as the indigenous leaders, with the help of a local NGO, struggle to enforce their rights to prior consultation (consulta previa) against a number of mining companies.

  • An alternative development blueprint for Madre de Dios

    23 March 2019

    In the wake of the 60-day state of emergency imposed on four districts of Madre de Dios after police and military assumed control of the epicentre of gold mining at La Pampa on 19 February, the authorities are proposing an integrated medium-term solution for an illicit extractive industry that involves directly or indirectly up to 35,000 people.

  • Tuesta commission publishes recommendations for political reform

    23 March 2019

    On 20 March, the commission headed by Fernando Tuesta published a summary of its recommendations for political and electoral reforms. All in all they involve twelve changes to the existing legislative framework of which four would involve constitutional changes. Almost immediately, Congessional President Daniel Salaverry countered the proposals by saying Congress, where opposition parties dominate, would contract its own specialists to suggest changes.

  • Letter from Cajamarca (2): the rondas campesinas

    23 March 2019

    Hualgayoc is a cold and rather forbidding town. Its mining traditions are very clear, and it has been the centre of mining activity since colonial times, if not before. It is also a politically lively place where the rondas campesinas loom large in maintaining order and defending local people from banditry.

  • Espinar: continuing problems with mine developments

    18 March 2019

    The NGOs Cooperacción and Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras produced articles highlighting the continuing conflict in the province of Espinar, in Cusco. Communities there are increasingly frustrated by the continued lack of effective policies to address health concerns.

  • The issue of human trafficking: seminar in Lima

    18 March 2019

    A seminar was held in Lima on 12 March on the issue of human trafficking. The event included regional governors and public officials. The event reflects a growing preoccupation with this abuse of human rights.

  • 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. 

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    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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