NEWS

  • Prominent gold trader arrested

    09 January 2017

    On Tuesday 3 January, the gold trader Pedro Pérez Miranda, known as ‘Peter Ferrari’, was arrested with six others in a police swoop in La Molina. The arrest warrant was for eleven people, but only seven were found.

  • Unemployment up, according to ILO

    18 December 2016

    Statistics produced last week by the International Labour Office suggest that unemployment in Peru has increased in 2015 to 4.4% of the labour force, reflecting the slowdown in the rate of growth.

  • Saavedra censured, train-crash postponed

    18 December 2016

    After much speculation that the censure of Education Minister Jaime Saavedra would result in a direct clash between the executive and the legislature, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced in a televised message on 13 December that he would not carry out the threat of seeking a vote of confidence in the cabinet as a whole in order to save the minister.

  • OECD pushes for governance reforms

    18 December 2016

    On 12 December, Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna, announced to Congress that, next June, the Executive Council of the OECD will officially invite Peru to begin the process of joining the club of developed nations. According to Luna, the OECD is currently in what he called a ‘state of strategic reflexion’ about Peru’s possible membership. The government appears to think that the country will become a member in 2020.

     

  • Drought: states of emergency widened

    11 December 2016

    On 7 December, the government extended the area under a ‘state of emergency’ to 17 regions. The emergency regulations are supposed to enable water authorities to rehabilitate wells and the like, as well as iron out problems of distribution between different regions.

  • Cabinet changes

    11 December 2016

    The resignation of Mariano González puts Jorge Nieto in charge of the defence ministry. Nieto’s place at the culture minister has been taken by Salvador del Solar.

  • Forced sterilisation case knocked back

    11 December 2016

    On 7 December, Prosecutor (Fiscal) ruled that the case brought by 77 women against ex-president Alberto Fujimori and three of his ministers of health should not proceed.

  • PPK to visit Tambo valley to try to resolve Tia Maria impasse

    04 December 2016

    President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has announced that he intends to visit Cocachacra, in the Tambo valley, in order to discuss with farmers possible solutions to their water problems.

  • The return of Nadine

    04 December 2016

    Following adverse public reaction to her trip to Geneva to take up an appointment with the UN World Food Programme, Nadine Heredia, the former first lady, returned to Lima last week.

  • Mining investment down for third year running

    04 December 2016

    Speaking in Washington DC on 3 December in public hearings convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Peruvian human rights experts criticised the Kuczynski government for not bringing an immediate end to contracts by which the police provide security services for mining companies.

  • 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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