• Tullow deal sparks controversy

    20 May 2018

    The Kuczynski administration’s award of five concessions to the Irish company Tullow Oil on the very day that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned as president has sparked controversy.

  • Indigenous women study their rights

    20 May 2018

    A small but important human rights initiative occurred on 8-9 May in Tambobamba where the first meting of the 'Escuela de Mujeres de Cotabambas' took place.

  • Social conflict on the rise

    20 May 2018

    The Ombudsman's office (Defensoría del Pueblo) has produced its regular monthly report on social conflict in Peru. The April report records eight new instances of conflict and none resolved.

  • Further weakening of the Consulta Previa law

    13 May 2018

    In 2012 the Council of Ministers agreed to create a multi-sectoral Commission to oversee the application of the right to consulta previa. In 2013 the secondary legislation was implemented. In July 2016 a further decree significantly weakened the new institution. On 17 April 2018, we hear the results of a request for information on the Commission's activities, by the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos.

  • Espinar community leaders face fresh proceedings

    13 May 2018

    On 8 May the Ica High Court of Justice overturned a judgement from the previous year, and opened the way to continued proceedings against three community leaders from the southern province of Espinar, Peru.

  • A small step forward in the Majaz case

    05 May 2018

    At last, in 2018, there is cause for (modest) celebration, since the local Appeal Court in Piura has ruled that the 2011 ruling was misguided, on the grounds that the lengthy delay in the claimants' own case to be included was unfair and not their fault. The Ministry of the Interior has therefore now been included as a responsible party. If found guilty, it would have to provide compensation to the victims.

  • Poverty and social spending

    05 May 2018

    Last week we reported the announcement that poverty levels in Peru increased in 2017, for the first time in decades. We also said that this raised questions about the efficacy of government social programmes. La República has since published useful data on the amounts of money spent on a variety of social programmes

  • DHSF accused of defamation over Antapaccay report

    05 May 2018

    The Cuzco-based human rights organisation Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras (DHSF) has recently been accused of ‘aggravated defamation’ by the regional police of the Cuzco-Apurímac region, following publication by DHSF of alleged abuses by the police and security in the community of Alto Huacar, Espinar, near Antapaccay.

  • Red Muqui in London

    28 April 2018

    Javier Jahncke from the Red Muqui visited London on 23-24 April to present the findings of the recent Humboldt University study entitled “Alternativas de Desarrollo en las Regiones Mineras de Peru”. This looks into the negative health and environment consequences of mining in Junín and Cajamarca. The study advocates boosting agricultural development as a route to sustainable growth.

  • Las Bambas communities protest at new EIA modifications

    28 April 2018

    Discord at the giant Las Bambas copper mine has centred since the beginning on concerns about modifications to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Modifications made at that time allowed for the development of a transport route that has caused huge problems for communities as a result of the dust and vibration from heavy trucks. The protesters highlighted the failure properly to consult the affected communities.

  • 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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