New Peru Euro network lobbies the European Parliament

31 March 2006

A group of NGOs and support groups throughout Europe have come together to form a European Platform on Peru (PEP). The PSG is part of this group and was in Brussels in March to lobby Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the recommendations of the Truth Commission. We want MEPs to use their position to put pressure on the Peruvian Government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Amongst others, we met with an Irish MEP, Simon Coveney (Fine Gael), who showed great interest in the findings of the TRC and plans to look into the possible points of leverage that the EU might have. The EU is one of the valves for Aid provision to Peru and Mr Coveney MEP thought that it might be possible to make the implementation of the recommendations of the TRC a condition for further Aid.

We have also provided the PSG report on the 2006 elections to members of an EU delegation who will be going to Peru shortly.

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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.

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