• Anaemia, poverty: worrying figures

    28 April 2018

    According to figures produced last week by the National Statistics Institute (INEI) from the National Demographic and Family Health Survey (ENDES), anaemia in children under the age of three increased in nine regions between 2014 and 2017. These range from an increase of 3.7% in Ica down to an increase of 0.4% in Huánuco. This is a particularly worrying sign since reduction in levels of anaemia (a reflection of malnutrition) was identified several years ago as a key target in the fight against poverty in Peru.

  • AI issues report on harassment of HRDs

    28 April 2018

    As part of its campaign to sensitise public opinion in Peru and elsewhere to the problems facing human rights defenders (HRDs), Amnesty International (AI) last week launched a new report ‘Una Receta para Criminalizar: Personas Defensoras del Ambiente, el Territorio y la Tierra en Perú y Paraguay’.

  • PEP appeal to new government

    22 April 2018

    The Plataforma Europa Peru (PEP) has issued an urgent appeal to the new Vizcarra government, urging it to adopt an active policy for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs). It suggests adherence to the guidelines set out by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and other international organisations.

  • Government to outline policy priorities

    22 April 2018

    The fledgling government of Martín Vizcarra will, on May 2, present an outline of its policies to Congress in the hope that the legislature will provide it with a vote of approval. To that end, Prime Minister César Villanueva has been holding meetings with the main party blocs in Congress over the past few days.

  • Shipibo leader assassinated

    22 April 2018

    Olivia Arévalo Lomas, a cultural leader of the Shipibo ethnic group, was gunned down in her home near Yarinacocha (Ucayali) on April 19. Her death resulted in statements of condemnation in Congress and by the Omudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo).

  • Environmental management: a new specialist court in Madre de Dios

    15 April 2018

    A significant event as regards environmental management took place on 1 April: the launch of the first specialised environmental court in Peru, in Puerto Maldonado.

  • Jungle oil remediation: progress reported

    15 April 2018

    Puinamudt, or Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicas Unidas en Defensa de sus Territorios, is an indigenous organisation based in the Amazon with a history of sustained work in resisting environmental damage in the area and threats to livelihoods and rights. Its most recent report is unusually encouraging.

  • Mining under the microscope

    08 April 2018

    Cooperacción, the Lima-based NGO which has supported many communities’ claims against those of mining companies, has just published a compilation that provides a comprehensive account of struggles over the last ten years, 2008 to date.

  • Peru hosts hemispheric summit

    08 April 2018

    Lima will play host this week to the Summit of the Americas. According to the foreign ministry, 20 heads of state had confirmed their participation as of 5 April. Among them is Donald Trump

  • IACHR holds hearings on HRD protection in the Andes

    24 March 2018

    On 26 February, as part of the 167th hearings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), representatives from human rights organisations from across the Andean region presented a new report entitled ‘Defending the Territory is our Right’. This documents a series of cases and highlights the way that human rights defenders (HRDs) working on land rights and the environment are at risk.

  • 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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