NEWS

  • Peru Support Group Annual Conference

    23 September 2018

    The state of human rights in Peru15 December 2018

    UCL Global Governance Institute, 29 – 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

  • Judges assess legality of Alberto Fujimori's pardon

    23 September 2018

    On 21 September, a hearing was held to determine the legality of the pardon given to former president Alberto Fujimori on Christmas Eve 2017. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica had determined that the Peruvian judiciary should evaluate the process; the victims’ family members had asked for the pardon to be declared null because it contravened the human rights convention.

  • Chavarry fights back

    23 September 2018

    The chief public prosecutor, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, has no intention of withdrawing from the post to which he was controversially elected last month, and says that the move by Congressman Juan Shaput to have him removed has no legal standing.

  • Lower copper prices take their toll

    23 September 2018

    The falling price of minerals (principally copper) on world markets is forcing the Central Bank (BCRP) to recalculate downwards its expectations for the trade balance and for next year’s growth rate.

  • Indigenous organisations of the Amazon speak out against the Hydrocarbons bill

    16 September 2018

    The Hydrocarbons bill now approved by Congress's Energy and Mining Commission is generating fierce opposition from Amazonian indigenous groups, and from the principal national environmental and human rights groups. The central demand is that Congress backtrack on the approval.

  • Apurimac women study their rights

    16 September 2018

    A further session took place this week in the series organised by the Centro Bartolomé de las Casas and Cooperacción. The first took place in May in Cotabambas. Five workshops have now taken place in September in various districts of Cotabambas, attended by 400 women. The focus as before was the strengthening of self esteem and leadership, while much of the discussion revolved around domestic violence.

  • Women pallaqueras achieve recognition

    09 September 2018

    In artisan small-scale gold mining, women find themselves at the bottom of the pile. So argues Solidaridad, a Netherlands-based international civil society organisation founded in 1969. The organisation played a key role in developing the Fair Trade movement.

  • Chavarry digs in

    09 September 2018

    Voices calling for the resignation of the Fiscal de la Nación, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, continue, but fall on deaf ears. This past week Congress has asked the Fujimorista majority to ensure the constitutional accusation against him proceeds; the evidence that he was part of the judicial corruption ring in Callao is powerful.

  • BBC highlights child poisoning in Cerro de Pasco

    09 September 2018

    Grace Livingstone has this week published an account on the BBC’s website of the perils of children whose bloodstreams have been found to contain dangerous levels of metal poisoning in the area around Cerro de Pasco, one of Peru’s major mining centres.

  • Fresh trouble at Las Bambas

    01 September 2018

    The government has once again declared a state of emergency along the route linking Las Bambas with the port of Matarani, giving police special powers to deal with a string of protests to have emerged over the past two weeks.

  • 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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