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  • IPS: At Last, Reparations for Civil War Victims

    09 February 2011

    Peru will begin to pay individual monetary reparations to victims and survivors of the 1980-2000 counterinsurgency war, with top priority put on elderly people in remote villages in the country's impoverished highlands, where most of the human rights violations took place.

  • Presidential Hopeful Withdraws Candidacy

    23 January 2011

    Mercedes Aráoz, candidate of the ruling American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party, announced on 23rd January that she was withdrawing from the presidential race.

  • PSG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010

    04 January 2011

    PERU & LATIN AMERICA: SIGNS OF CHANGE?

    Lord Avebury chaired a successful annual conference for the PSG on Saturday 27 November 2010. Speakers included:

    Javier Diez Canseco - a leading Peruvian political analyst and former member of Congress;

    Jose de Echave - head of collective rights and extractives industries at Lima-based NGO CooperAccion;

    Jelke Boesten - senior lecturer in social development and human security at the University of Leeds;

    Cath Collins - associate professor of politics at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile and;

    Camilo Tovar - European coordinator at ALOP, an association of development focused NGOs in Latin America and the Carribean.

    To view our speakers' presentations please click on the links below:

    EU - Andean Community Free Trade Agreement - Camilo Tovar
    Overview of the Peruvian Mining Sector (Spanish language) - Jose de Echave

  • IPS: Army's Version of Civil War Events Questioned

    28 December 2010

    A decade after the end of Peru's 20-year counterinsurgency war was officially declared, the army broke its silence, to give its own version of events.

    The report, "In Honour of the Truth", based on dispatches by officers involved in combat missions, contradicts the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR), which issued a lengthy report on the 1980-2000 armed conflict in 2003, based principally on the testimony of survivors and relatives of victims.

  • Peru Support Group Responds to Lourdes Flores' Comments

    28 September 2010

    The Peru Support Group rejects in the strongest possible terms the suggestion that it has at any time had a connection with any terrorist group.

  • Amnesty International: Peru revokes law denying justice for victims of past crimes

    15 September 2010

    Amnesty International has welcomed the Peruvian president's decision to revoke a new law which could grant amnesties to military personnel alleged to have committed human rights violations during the country's 1980 – 2000 internal armed conflict.

  • PEP Statement: Peru Takes a Step Backwards on Human Rights

    13 September 2010

    Members of the Peru Europe Platform (PEP) join with the Peruvian National Coordinator of Human Rights (CNDDHH) and strongly express their concern regarding the package of laws approved by the Peruvian government, under powers given to them by Congress regarding police and military matters.

  • Alan Garcia

    Garcia Rejects Consultation Law

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    Several indigenous groups and human rights organisations have expressed their disappointment at President Alan García's refusal to enact the so-called Law of Consultation (Ley de Consulta) which would give indigenous communities greater say in the development of either oil or mining projects on their lands.

  • Pedro Francke

    US FTA Brings Few Benefits to Peru

    Peru News 057. 17 August 2010

    Since coming into force on 1 February 2009, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between the US and Peru appears to have brought few benefits to the Andean nation, according a column by Pedro Francke, an economist at Lima's La Católica University, for Peruvian newspaper La Primera.

  • Alex Kouri

    The Countdown to Regional Elections & the Race for Lima's New Mayor

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    Regional and Municipal elections take place in Peru on 3 October when Peruvians will vote for mayors and regional presidents for the country's 25 regions and one province (Lima); and with that comes the race for the new mayor of Lima.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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