• Gender parity in indigenous communities

    23 June 2019

    The Peruvian Congress has passed legislation to guarantee equality between men and women in the leadership of indigenous communities.

  • Indigenous leaders, rock musicians urge action to protect environment defenders

    23 June 2019

    President Martín Vizcarra has been asked to give priority to investigating cases of assassination and threats against indigenous environmental leaders. This forms part of a campaign supported by NGOs.

  • Mining protests in Puno and in Piura

    15 June 2019

    In Azángaro province in Puno, communities along the Ramis river, are protesting about the alleged contamination caused by mining projects in the area. At the other end of the country, in Piura, people from the communities of Ayabaca initiated strike action on 12 June in protest at the go-ahead for mining at Rio Blanco.

  • Tullow sails into potentially stormy waters

    15 June 2019

    On 6 June, fishermen from the communities of Paita, Sechura and Talara, located in the north-western region of Piura and Tumbes, took to the streets to protest at the concession recently granted by the Peruvian government to British-Irish oil company Tullow Oil.

  • Good news: international recognition for community initiatives

    15 June 2019

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the prize winners in their tenth annual Equator Initiative. This awards prizes for “outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for climate change and local sustainable development".The judges received 847 nominations from 127 countries. Twenty-two winners were announced on 5 June. In most winning countries there was only one award. Brazil and Haiti had two, but Peru had four.

  • BHP world tailings dam review includes Antamina

    08 June 2019

    BHP has undertaken a very useful review of its tailing dams world-wide. It includes an introduction to such dams and description of those in its portfolio with a risk review.

  • US-China trade war could cost Peru dear

    08 June 2019

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), in its predictions for 2019, forecast a growth rate of 4.2%, the fastest for several years. However, this does not sit easily with concerns about what a trade war between the United States and China might mean for Peru.

  • Constitutional Court rules case against Glencore admissible

    08 June 2019

    After three years of waiting, the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal has agreed to review a plea lodged by two NGOs, the Instituto de Defensa Legal and Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras that seeks to nullify the agreement between the Peruvian National Police and the mining company Glencore Antapaccay.

  • Indigenous groups slam Congress's rejection of report on pipeline spillages

    02 June 2019

    On 23 May, nine indigenous organisations, supported by no less than 54 other civil society bodies, condemned the rejection of a report by Congress (32 votes against and 22 abstentions) critical of the role of Petroperú.

  • Project to enhance community 'voice' in the southern Andes

    02 June 2019

    Leadership courses abound in Peru today and come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and approaches. A refreshing new initiative will open in August in Cuzco, stemming from a Spanish NGO, Entrepueblos de España, and the Peruvian NGO Cooperacción.

  • 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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