• The Bolsonaro effect

    14 October 2018

    The virtual victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential elections on 7 October has sent shockwaves around the world, including Peru. How much relevance is there here for Peru? Although this looks fertile terrain for the sort of Bolsonaro-style movements to gain sway, there are various reasons why this does not appear to be an immediate threat.

  • Report examines human rights (non)observance by Chinese firms

    14 October 2018

    As part of its regular cycle of appraisals of human rights observance, the UN's Human Rights Council will in November review China's performance as an international actor. The provision for civil society to submit reports has been taken up by a 'collective' of Latin American NGOs, reporting on 18 projects.

  • Judiciary in the spotlight: Hinostroza under attack; Chávarry fights back

    6 October 2018

    Two weeks ago, Judge César Hinostroza managed to avoid being accused of belonging to a criminal organisation by the Permanent Commission in Congress. Last week the plenary in Congress decided to reverse this earlier acquittal and accuse him formally of being part of such an organisation.

  • Urresti cleared, ahead in Lima mayor polls

    6 October 2018

    With nationwide regional and municipal elections taking place on 7 October, media focus last week was on who would emerge victorious as mayor of Lima. On 4 October, one of the leading figures in this race, Daniel Urresti, the front-runner, was absolved of responsibility for the assassination in November 1988 of Hugo Bustíos, a journalist with the weekly Caretas magazine.

  • Referendum deadline met, but wording changed

    6 October 2018

    Congress complied with the deadline set by the executive and ratified by Daniel Salaverry, the president of the legislature, of 4 October. In the early hours of the fourth, a vote was passed agreeing to the introduction of no re-election of members of Congress.

  • Regional, local elections approach

    29 September 2018

    On 7 September, Peruvians go to the polls to elect new regional presidents and the mayors of district and provincial municipalities. This should be an important event in the political life of the country. The electoral results matter a lot if the government is serious about stamping out corruption in public life. But despite the proliferation of electoral billboards in Lima and other cities, the elections do not seem to have captured the imagination of either the media or the public.

  • Social conflict under debate at the Defensoría: the second panel

    29 September 2018

    As we reported last week, the Defensoría held a seminar on 17 September on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflict. We reported on the first panel last week; now we comment on the second, entitled "Transformando conflictos sociales en desarrollo para todos." 

  • The canon and its impact

    29 September 2018

    An increase in mining output and prices in the first half of this year means that the amount of money available to sub-national tiers of government through the canon system has increased. Regional and local government s received 3.1 billion soles from the canon minero. This compares with 1.9 billion in 2017, but is still way below the peak of 5.1 billion in 2012 when world mineral prices reached their peak.

  • Remembering (or forgetting) Velasco

    29 September 2018

    3 October is the 50th anniversary of the coup d’etat that brought to power the so-called ‘Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces’ in Peru, led by General Juan Velasco. 3 October 1968 was a turning point in Peruvian history: whether for good or for bad is still a matter of controversy and debate.

  • Call for vote of confidence energises Congress

    23 September 2018

    President Martín Vizcarra’s call on 16 September for a vote of confidence has brought a flurry of activity. His ultimatum, which could have resulted in the closure of Congress and new elections, sparked an immediate response. Of the four proposals to be submitted to a referendum, the one on the reform of the judiciary has now been approved.

  • 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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