NEWS

  • Abuse of influence uncovered

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the first scandal come to light within the new administration. On 7 October, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala offered a press conference to confirm that the case against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s former health adviser, Carlos Moreno Chacón, had been referred to the public prosecution service for corruption.

  • New conflict 'czar' appointed

    10 October 2016

     The appointment of Rolando Luque to head up the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) has been met with a qualified welcome from interested NGOs.

  • The Chaupes, again

    10 October 2016

    No sooner than Newmont Mining put out a statement commenting on the so-called ‘independent’ study on the property in dispute between the Chaupe family and Yanacocha, new reports emerged about harassment of the Chaupes.

  • Environmental 'emergency' in Hualgayoc, Cajamarca

    02 October 2016

    On 27 September the Ministry for the Environment (MInam) declared an environmental emergency in the upper reaches of the Tingo-Maygasbamba, Hualgayoc-Arascorgue and Perlamayo valleys in Hualgayoc province, Cajamarca.

  • Top brass convicted on human rights atrocity

    02 October 2016

    After 23 years of waiting for justice, the family members of three victims of Fujimori’s counter-insurgency strategy at last heard the verdict of what happened to their loved ones. On 27 September, the court condemned Vladimiro Montesinos and Nicolás Hermoza Ríos to a further 22 years in jail, and Jorge Nadal Paiva to 18 years.

  • Yanacocha report inconclusive

    02 October 2016

    A new and independent study on the vexed issue of land disputed between Yanacocha and the Chaupe family, commissioned by Newmont Mining, finds the evidence inconclusive.

  • A note of self-criticism from Devida

    02 October 2016

    The head of Devida, the organization dedicated to reducing coca cultivation in Peru, has come up with what has long seemed obvious to the outside world: policies of coca eradication will not work unless they are accompanied by active policies to encourage agricultural development.

  • Bagua protesters absolved

    24 September 2016

    In a landmark ruling on 22 September, a hearing by the Supreme Court in Amazonas absolved all the accused of murder in connection with the 2009 killings, the so-called Baguazo.

  • Supreme Court verdict a threat to wage stability

    24 September 2016

    The Supreme Court has ruled that an employer may reduce the wages they pay, either by mutual consent of the employee, or not in cases where, for example, a company or a state institution finds itself in a situation adverse to its “stability or economic equilibrium”.

  • New attack on Maxima Acuna

    24 September 2016

    Peru’s human rights defender and environmentalist Maxima Acuña has suffered a physical attack by a group of men who, according to an accusation made by Acuña’s daughter, Ysidora Chaupe, appeared to be in the pay of Yanacocha mine.

  • 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. 

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    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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