NEWS

  • 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.

  • Garcia aide spills the beans

    20 October 2019

    Luis Nava, Alan García’s former private secretary and one of his closest collaborators, both in his first administration (1985-90) and in his second (2006-11) has given details of how García spent the money he received from Odebrecht.

  • Vizcarra burnishes his conservation credentials

    20 October 2019

    The 3rd Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAPLAC) brought over 2,000 experts from 37 countries to Lima on October 14-17, including representatives of indigenous organisations. In his opening speech. President Martin Vizcarra called for a paradigm shift from deforestation to the protection of standing forest that would outlaw the “scourges of mining, illegal logging, narcotics, or trafficking of endangered species that destroy our natural capital”.

  • Petroperu fined record US$25 million, while battle builds over future oil contracts

    20 October 2019

    The long-running saga over the impacts of successive oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon on the environment and indigenous communities seems to have entered a new phase. While the OEFA announced fines against the state-run oil company, its president announced significant tax and other incentives to bring in private investment.

  • SAVE THE DATE - PSG Annual Conference - 16 November 2019

    13 October 2019

    To all our readers, members and friends: we would like to invite you to our upcoming annual conference, taking place on 16 November 2019, at the Global Governance Institute, UCL (29-31 Tavistock Square, London). Start at 10.30am and finish by 5pm.

  • Unrest in the mining corridor

    13 October 2019

    Communities along the so-called corridor minero in southern Peru are stepping up their campaign against the Chinese-owned MMG Corporation over the environmental damages they suffer. New communities have announced their support for protest moves.

  • Appeal for a multi-sector Commission to consider contamination by toxic waste

    13 October 2019

    At least 13 regions are affected by metal poisoning, usually the result of mining activity. In 2017 those affected have formed the Plataforma Nacional de Afectados por Metales Toxicos to help force the authorities to attend their complaints. More than 50 representatives from the regions concerned came together in Lima last week under this umbrella.

  • EITI introduces decentralised model to assess transparency in extractives

    13 October 2019

    Ahead of its board meeting in Addis Ababa, the EITI (Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative) has issued a newsletter with information on some interesting initiatives and developments, one of which relates to the implementation of regional EITI processes in Peru.

  • Confiep shows its true colours

    07 October 2019

    Confiep, Peru’s powerful private business confederation, has always maintained close ties to Fuerza Popular as well as its various pre-incarnations (Cambio 90 etc). Last week it put its loyalty to the Fuji-cause up in lights.

  • Fujimorismo seeks to re-group in the Permanent Commission

    06 October 2019

    Following President Martín Vizcarra’s dramatic move on 30 September in dissolving Congress, the fujimorista opposition has sought to regroup in the Permanent Commission (CP). This is composed of 27 former members of Congress who will sit in lieu of Congress until the future legislative elections on January 26. Reflecting the composition of the former legislature, the majority of members of the CP are from Fuerza Popular and its allies.

  • 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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