Articles

  • Consultation opens on measures to apply new Law on Climate Change

    24 February 2019

    Seven national indigenous organisations attended the launch on 17 February of the Ministry of Environment’s prior consultation process on regulations proposed to implement the recent climate change law. Given the priority in climate change mitigation accorded to REDD +  many came from the Amazon region.

  • Rains bring massive damage to southern Peru

    16 February 2019

    This year’s extreme weather conditions in the Andes – avalanches and flooding – are not so much in the north of Peru (as in 2017) but more in the south. The worst hit areas appear to be in Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. The numbers affected rose through the course of last week as homes were washed away and basic infrastructure (like roads and bridges) destroyed.

  • Castillo's appointment a welcome change

    16 February 2019

    Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne offered his resignation as Archbishop of Lima. Bishops are obliged to offer their resignation at 75 under Canon Law. On 25 January, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio, a Lima diocesan priest and theology professor at the Catholic University (PUCP).

  • Indefinite strike under way at La Corona, Cajamarca

    10 February 2019

    South African gold miner Gold Fields, producing at the La Corona mine in Hualgayoc, faces an indefinite strike as of 6 February. Strike action has been threatened since December by the five principal social organisations in the province. The decision was taken after dialogue with ministers failed to reach a solution.

  • The Construction Club

    10 February 2019

    Both officials at the transport and communications ministry and executives within the construction industry will wait with bated breath to see what will be revealed as two members of the so-called ‘Construction Club’ (Club de la Construcción) prepare to spill the beans on how construction contracts have been awarded over the last two decades

  • Towards some unity on the left?

    3 February 2019

    Passing the mid-way point in the current legislature, attention will be increasingly focused on likely runners in the next presidential and congressional elections in 2021. Perhaps it was in recognition of this that left-wingers met last weekend in the city of Huancayo to discuss options.

  • Global Witness fears systematic deforestation in Peru

    3 February 2019

    In a recent report released by Global Witness, ‘The forest Avengers’, the London-based organisation made staggering warnings about the continued and rapid deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon forest, despite commitments by the Peruvian government to tackle what it called the “widespread and systematic” problem of illegal logging.

  • Who is to blame for the Amazon region's repeated oil spills?

    3 February 2019

    On 22 January, the regional governor of Loreto declared a state of emergency to restore oil production. This has been brought to a stop by what he called repeated acts of vandalism against the Northern Peru Pipeline, accompanied by closures of river transport, seizure of pumping stations and other illegal acts.

  • Fujimoristas to lose control of key legislative committees

    26 January 2019

    Although the current extended legislature is due to come to an end on 30 January, Congressional President Daniel Salaverry has called for a meeting of party representatives for 28 January to decide on the future make-up of parliamentary committees. The reshuffle is required because of recent changes in the party line-up, following a series of defections.

  • Peru recognises Guaidó as president in Venezuela

    26 January 2019

    Following hard on the heels of US President Donald Trump, Peru – in conjunction with several other members of the so-called Lima Group – recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela on 23 January. The decision appears to have been worked out well in advance

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    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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