• Advancing Judicial Reform in Peru: An Opportunity Lost?

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The task of modernising the judicial sector was high on the reform agenda that accompanied Peru's return to democracy in 2000. Yet achievement of judicial reform that addresses low public confidence in the judicial system, and, as outlined in the National Agreement of 2001, the need to strengthen Peruvian democracy, continues to prove elusive.

  • Editorial: Mining, But For Whom?

    Update 107. 31 January 2005

    President Alejandro Toledo's anticipated visit to Britain in March to attend a Foreign Office conference on extractive industries once again raises the issue of mining and how the benefits are distributed. The UK is Peru's largest single source of foreign investment, and that investment is overwhelmingly in the mining sector.

  • Insurrection in Andahuaylas

    Update 107. 31 January 2005

    New Year's Eve celebrations in the southern sierra town of Andahuaylas were rudely interrupted when an armed group of more than 150 people attacked the police station and took its occupants hostage.

  • Editorial: 2006 Elections: A Challenge to the Political Class

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    Politics and politicking have become almost synonymous over the last few years in Peru. The record of the Toledo administration in taking bold steps to resolve Peru's deep-seated problems has been dismal. Scandal and sleaze have been the everyday fare of politics. It is hardly surprising that the average voter is heartily brassed-off.

  • Lawyer for Human Rights Organisation Receives Death Threats

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    On 23 January 2003, the human rights organisation Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) launched their campaign to extradite former President Alberto Fujimori from Japan. That same month Gloria Cano, a lawyer for APRODEH, who spoke at the PSG Annual conference last year, was verbally abused and beaten by an unidentified group outside her office. The attack has never been investigated by the authorities.


  • World AIDS Day Celebrations in Ica, Peru

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    December 1st will see World Aids Day events taking place throughout the world. The community of Ica, a coastal town not far south of Lima, will be celebrating at the 'Health Centre for the Defence of Life'. They have a lot to celebrate.

  • Practical Steps to Implement the Recommendations of the TRC

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    More than one year has passed since the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) concluded that little has changed for individuals, families and communities affected by the countries civil war. There has been poor advance in the implementation of the recommendations of the commission, particularly those relating to rights to truth, justice and reparations in favour of indigenous people.

  • Editorial: FTA: Winners and Losers

    Update 105. 30 September 2004

    President Alejandro Toledo called on George Bush on September 21 in a bid to speed up Peru's attempts to engineer a free trade agreement (FTA) between three of the Andean countries (Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) and the United States.

  • Decentralisation and Economic Solidarity: A meeting with Dr. Yehude Simon

    Update 105. 30 September 2004

    Dr Yehude Simon Munaro is the elected President of the Regional Government of Lambayeque, a northern province of Peru, and the founder of a new political party, The Humanist Movement of Peru. From 1985 - 92 Simon was a congressman.

  • Editorial: Protest and Pinning the Blame

    Update 104. 31 July 2004

    Reacting to a riot in Ayacucho at the beginning of July, Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero was quick to pin the blame on Sendero Luminoso. He was backed up in this assessment by Education Minister Javier Sota Nadal and Interior Minister Javier Reategui. It is often useful for government ministers to have a handy explanation for things when they go wrong, but it is easy to miss the point - perhaps intentionally.

  • 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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