• Letter from Cajamarca

    18 March 2019

    Should you be in Cajamarca and find yourself in Jirón Lima, opposite Dylon’s chicken rotisserie, you will find one of Peru’s most innovative and long-lasting development projects, and one with which the Peru Support Group has a rather special link.

  • Exit Villanueva as prime minister

    11 March 2019

    On 8 March, César Villanueva formally announced that he was resigning as president of the Council of Ministers. President Martín Vizcarra announced shortly afterwards that his resignation had been accepted. It remains moot whether he ‘jumped’ or was ‘pushed’ from above.

  • Confiep deploys lobby power to modify tax evasion legislation

    11 March 2019

    The publication by Ojo Público of correspondence between Roque Benavides, the head of Confiep and boss of the Buenaventura mining company, appears to have struck a sensitive nerve among key figures in the business community.

  • Forcibly sterilised women continue fight for justice

    11 March 2019

    The association of women affected by forced sterilisation during the Fujimori years  took to the streets with other feminist collectives to continue their campaign for justice. 

  • Scientific flaws in Amazonian mega river navigation project

    5 March 2019

    An interdisciplinary study by Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) concludes that Hidrovía Amazónica, a state concession for construction of a 2,687 km channel linking the main ports of the Peruvian Amazon, poses a significant threat to a range of habitats and ecosystems.

  • Coffee producers squeezed

    5 March 2019

    Coffee producers, mainly small-scale farmers, are being squeezed out of the market by low international prices. Many have no alternative but to abandon their crops and seek alternative work picking coca leaves and producing cocaine paste.

  • Study recommends ending the use of police by extractive industries

    5 March 2019

    The Instituto de Defensa Legal, the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos and US-based EarthRights International have released a report that analyses in detail the content of 138 agreements between the Peruvian police and extractive companies since they were first introduced in 1995.

  • IACHR session calls for effective protection for human rights defenders

    5 March 2019

    On 14 February, during the 171th period of sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), civil society organisations had the opportunity to present their ongoing concerns about the situation of human rights defenders in Peru. They believe it has reached a crisis point.

  • Odebrecht witnesses spill more beans on Peruvian bribes

    24 February 2019

    It has been a week of new revelations about Odebrecht’s operations in Peru over many years. The scale of the scandal widened as new information emerged on the Peruvian politicians and officials bribed in order to secure contracts and on the often circuitous routes by which they were paid. Those who took money include aspirants to public office at all levels of government, national, regional and municipal.

  • Government launches assault on illegal mining in Madre de Dios

    24 February 2019

    Last Tuesday, 19 February, the government launched a large operation to combat illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios. It announced a state of emergency for two months, and dispatched 1,272 police and 300 troops to the area of La Pampa in an operation conducted by air, river and land. The programme is designed to last two years.

  • 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.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

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