• Tia Maria and other conflictive mining projects in southern Peru

    10 November 2019

    Across much of southern Peru mining projects continue to raise concern and varying degrees of protest, but the most worrying at the moment is Tía María in Arequipa. Protests broke out anew last week following the decision of the Consejo Nacional de Minería (CNM) to invalidate the three formal complaints against the granting of the construction permit to the Southern Peru Copper.

  • British mining investment in Peru surpasses that of China

    10 November 2019

    According to the latest data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the UK has become the number one mining investor in Peru

  • Prosecutor demands long sentences for killers of Ashaninka environmental defenders

    10 November 2019

    In a legal first, Otoniel Jara, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the murder of four Ashaninka indigenous leaders, has requested the courts for a 35-year prison sentence for those identified as having planned and carried out the killings.

  • Constitutional Tribunal rules on dissolution issue, to rule on Keiko

    02 November 2019

    On 29 October, just on a month since the dissolution of Congress, the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) resolved unanimously to admit the case to consider whether this was conducted constitutionally. The case had been submitted by the former president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea. However, Olaechea’s attempts to reverse the decision outright and reinstate Congress was voted down by the TC by five votes to two.

  • Minister resigns over trafficking in Influence and timber

    02 November 2019

    On 27 October, the minister responsible for development and social inclusion, Jorge Meléndez, resigned in the face of accusations about nepotism and illegal timber extraction and marketing. He did so to limit the damage to President Martín Vizcarra’s reputation as a fighter against corruption.

  • UN rapporteur presents emblematic case to Constitutional Tribunal

    02 November 2019

    The UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Taui-Corpuz, has sent an amicus curiae brief to Peru’s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal (TC), regarding the emblematic case involving protection of traditional but as yet untitled lands of the Shipibo Conibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya in Ucayali.

  • River contamination: new lobbying initiative

    26 October 2019

    On 15-16 October the first meeting took place in Satipo (Junín) of the National Group for the Protection of Rivers GNPR).  Also involved were two international NGOs.

  • Kichwas of San Martin go to constitutional tribunal over land claims

    26 October 2019

    As a last resort to securing rights to their territorial lands in the northern region of San Martin, Kichwa leaders have lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Tribunal. They are challenging the legality of a conservation area of 150,000 hectares set up by the regional government that overlaps Kichwa territory.

  • New effort at dialogue in the mining corridor

    26 October 2019

    The government has designated Paola Bustamante, the former minister in charge of development and social inclusion, as the 'alta comisionada' for dialogue and development in the southern mining corridor, an area that stretches between Apurímac, Cusco and Arequipa.

  • State of emergency once more in the mining corridor

    20 October 2019

    The government last week ordered in troops to open the road leading from Las Bambas in Apurímac to Matarani on the coast, once again decreeing a state of emergency in this troubled part of southern Peru. The communities' demands remain on the table with no clear plan for further mediation.

  • 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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