• Trade balance benefits from copper price rise

    11 November 2018

    According to figures published last week by the Central Bank, the value of Peru’s exports rose by 11.5% in the first three quarters of 2018 against the same period last year. The most dynamic sector was the mining industry.

  • Chavarry under fire

    11 November 2018

    In spite of unrelenting pressure from nearly all quarters, the controversial chief public prosecutor (Fiscal de la Nación), Gonazlo Chávarry, continues in post with the support of the Fujimoristas who want to prevent investigations against him in Congress going any further. In the past week, he attempted to clear his name in an interview with CNN, but did not emerge with much credit.

  • How subsidiary state institutions can make their voice heard

    01 November 2018

    Much has been written about the role of social mobilisation in putting limits on what extractive industries can do, but much less on how subsidiary institutions in countries like Peru work to impose constraints. A recently published study by Maria-Therese Gustafsson and Martin Scurrah looks at the way in which Peru’s Environment Ministry has managed to prevail over other more powerful state institutions (like the Ministry of Energy and Mines) through strategic alliances with other actors in civil society.

  • Women and girls bear the greatest burden in climate change

    01 November 2018

    Recent research by the Canadian IDRC and the Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, published in June, documents the ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to the problems brought about by climate change. Of four case studies, three are from Peru: Iquitos, the Amazon delta region and the Cumbaza basin.

  • Bill to reform the canon before Congress

    28 October 2018

    The 'canon' is the basic channel for passing a proportion of tax and royalty revenues from central to local government in areas where natural resource extraction is taking place. The canon includes rents from hydrocarbons as well as from mining. It is paid in different proportions to regional governments as well as to municipalities at the provincial and district levels. A bill to change the law is currently being discussed in Congress.

  • A window of opportunity? Peru's application to join the OECD

    28 October 2018

    A new book launched last week in Lima sees Peru's application to join the 35-member OECD as an opportunity to leverage a serious improvement in environmental regulation. Peru applied to become a member in 2012. Its title is 'El camino ambiental hacia la OCDE: El Perú y la implementación de las recomendaciones en materia ambiental'. Its author, Ivan Lanegra, is a lawyer and professor at the Catholic University.

  • EU delegation travels to Lima - considers Title IX complaints

    28 October 2018

    Five years on from the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Peru, a EU delegation visited Peru to look into complaints by civil society organisations and the Peru Europe Platform (PEP). These relate to Peru’s alleged failure to comply with Title IX of the FTA on sustainable development.

  • Slow progress on a treaty to bind companies on human rights

    20 October 2018

    The UN working group studying the possibility of a binding treaty on human rights and companies held its fourth meeting in Geneva this week.

  • Chavarry uses presence in Congress to lambast Perez

    20 October 2018

    Pedro Chávarry, the chief public prosecutor was invited by the congressional defence committee to use the opportunity to launch a tirade against José Domingo Pérez, the prosecutor who is investigating Keiko Fujimori.

  • Judge Hinostroza jumps Peru, but is jailed in Spain

    20 October 2018

    On 17 October it emerged that disgraced former Supreme Judge César Hinostroza had fled to Spain. Rumours had been circulating for a couple of days that he had left Peru. It was confirmed he had left over the northern border and had taken a flight from Guayaquil to Amsterdam and then Madrid, arriving on 7 October.

  • 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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