• 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.

  • Crowdfunding the PSG: the last few days

    29 July 2018

    We have four days left before the crowdfunding scheme closes. We gratefully thank those who have contributed so far. But we need to make a last final push in the time that remains.

  • People affected by heavy metal poisoning lobby the government

    22 July 2018

    On 18 July a delegation from the 'Platform' of those affected by metal poisoning arrived at the Ministry of Health to present their case for a more adequate health policy to deal with victims' situation.

  • Serious Concerns at the Rio Blanco mine

    22 July 2018

    The huge copper deposit known as Henry's Hill, close to the border between Peru and Ecuador, is continuing to be a focus of conflict and concern. Today the community opposition is surging.

  • Slow progress on conservation

    22 July 2018

    The regional government of Cusco and ACCA, the Asociación de Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica, initiated a plan for a regional conservation area known as Ausangate in 2008. But only in August of this year will it be presented to the National Government for approval.

  • US-China dispute pulls rug from beneath copper prices

    15 July 2018

    International copper prices, on which the Peruvian economy is hugely dependent, have taken a dive in the last two weeks, following the outbreak of ‘trade wars’ between the United States and China. According to one source, the dispute could cost Peru as much as US$2 billion this year and next.

  • UN Human Rights Commissioner lists necessary reforms

    15 July 2018

    Following the adoption by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of the Peruvian outcome document from last Universal Periodic Review at its 37th session, the High Commissioner for Human Rights has sent a letter to the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulating the government on its constructive engagement with the UPR review. However, he drew attention to key areas that he considers need special attention.


  • Formal launch of the 'Responsible Mining Index'

    08 July 2018

    The 'Responsible Mining index', an initiative sponsored by the Netherlands government. had Its formal public launch on 4 July at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague. The speaker from 'the producing countries' was a Peruvian, Ricardo Labo Fossa, former Deputy Minister of Mining in Peru. The index covers thirty of the largest mining companies using six performance criteria.

  • Modern technology helps the environmental battle

    08 July 2018

    The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is reporting successful use by Peruvian Amazonian communities of an app they have developed. Their 'ForestLink' system can be used by remote communities to send alerts and evidence of threats, including illegal mining and oil spills, to the authorities even from areas where there is no mobile or internet connection.

  • 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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