• The Coca Question in Peru

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    The overwhelming victory of coca grower leader Evo Morales in Bolivia's recent presidential elections provides a potent reminder of long-standing frustration with U.S.-backed coca eradication policies implemented across the Andes that have provoked violence and social conflict.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight: Have a Fairtrade event for PSG

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    This year we want to celebrate the ever increasing range of Peruvian Fairtrade products during Fairtrade Fortnight, from 6 to19 March, by asking our members to organise a Fairtrade event for the PSG.

  • New Environmental Law has great potential - will it make a difference?

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    One of the best things about the controversy generated by the new Environment Law has been that it has begun to affect public opinion about a problem that is beginning to take a heavy toll. An effective policy of environmental protection is a necessary priority for a country like Peru.

  • Editorial: International and Peruvian NGOs under fire

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    When established interests find themselves under attack, it is becoming increasingly common for them to reach for the 'T' word, and accuse their opponents of being part of some international web of terrorist intrigue.

  • Editorial: Corruption continues

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    The recent marches in Lima and other Peruvian cities to protest against corruption reflect the widespread disillusionment felt by many Peruvians. Five years ago, the hundreds of 'Vladivideos' and other revelations showed how common corrupt practices were at all levels of Peruvian society.

  • Global Call for Action Against Poverty in Peru

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    To mark the start of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, the Peruvian "La Pobreza ¡YA FUE!" campaign (the Peruvian GCAP/White Band campaign) carried out a mass lobby of the 8 embassies of the G8.

  • The Campaign for Dignified Housing for All:

    Update 109. 31 May 2005

    Although the right to adequate housing was removed from the Peruvian constitution during the Fujimori government, minimum housing standards are defined as fundamental rights in international human rights treaties.

  • Editorial: Gleneagles and Debt

    Update 109. 31 May 2005

    Much has been said about the British government's stand on debt, and much more will be said about it as the Gleneagles meeting of the G8 approaches. Gordon Brown's much-vaunted 'new deal' for developing countries has been given a top billing, including his proposals for debt reduction.

  • Editorial: Make Poverty History

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The 'Make Poverty History' campaign is designed to influence decisions at this year's Group of Eight (G8) summit in July.

  • PSG Public Lecture TRCs: Lessons from the Peruvian Experience

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The PSG hosted a public seminar in Belfast at the Irish School of Ecumenics on the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The conference took a fresh look at the TRC, and considered the lessons that can be learnt from the Peruvian experience in the context of Northern Ireland.

  • 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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