• Thanks for your generosity!

    18 August 2018

    The Peru Support Group would like to thank all of you who have so generously contributed to our crowdfunding campaign.

  • UK Public Holiday

    18 August 2018

    The Newsletter will not be published next week because of the UK August Public Holiday.

  • BBC reports on Tintaya

    18 August 2018

    Grace Livingstone has a useful report from Peru in which she talks to people living close to Glencore’s mine at Tintaya, Espinar in Cuzco. The tale of environmental pollution is a familiar one. In the recording, she also talks to representatives of Glencore.

  • Growth update

    18 August 2018

    GDP for the first six months of the year expanded by 4.3% compared with the same period last year, according to data published last week by the Central Bank. The increase represents a return to normality after the downturn registered in the first half of 2017.

  • Vizcarra takes his referendum proposals to Congress

    11 August 2018

    President Vizcarra, with the proposals for referendums under his arm, walked from the Palace to Congress on 9 August personally to hand these on to the legislature. He asked the president of Congress, Fujimorista Daniel Salaverry, to debate them expeditiously so as to hold the referendum before the end of the year.

  • Wampis question 'company' delegation

    11 August 2018

    A threatening instance of poor practice appears to be occurring in Loreto. Representatives of the Wampi nation are complaining vigorously that the oil company Geopark has been working in two of their communities, Arutam and Mayauriaga, to create a commission that purports to be the voice of the communities.

  • Las Bambas communities demand proper land-use planning

    05 August 2018

    Looking forward to the October provincial elections, a conference was held in Cotabambas (Apurímac) on 21 July entitled 'Elections, the Challenges of Sustainable and Integrated Development, and the Struggle against Corruption'.

  • Correction

    05 August 2018

    In the recent PSG article ‘Conflict at Coroccohuayco: accounting for history in EIAs’ the Oxfam ombudsman involved at Tintaya was Ingrid MacDonald, not Ingrid Birkett. Ms MacDonald was Oxfam mining ombudsman from 2001 to 2005.

  • Municipal mafia jailed

    05 August 2018

    News last week that the mayor of the La Victoria district of Lima, Elías Cuba, was the head of an organised criminal band came as no surprise to those who had seen the way he and his friends had used the municipality to enrich themselves. But the level of corruption of the group that called itself the ‘los intocables ediles’ or the ‘municipal untouchables’ is striking.

  • Global Witness highlights attacks on human rights defenders

    29 July 2018

    In its latest annual report on the situation of human rights defenders worldwide, Global Witness reveals that 2017 was the deadliest year yet for environmental and land defenders. It documented a total of 207 killings, the vast majority in Latin America.

  • 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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