• Trade in mercury continues

    17 February 2018

    Top players in the world market have moved against trade in mercury in recent years. Mercury is a key input in the production of artisanal gold and is highly damaging both to human health and the environment

  • Growing protest looms over Southern's push on Tia Maria

    17 February 2018

    Southern Copper is pushing hard to obtain its social licence and with it the permission to go ahead this year with the giant Tía María copper project.

  • Economic growth slows

    17 February 2018

    In 2017, Peru’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.5%, according to figures published last week by the national statistics office (INEI). This is the slowest rate of growth since 2014.

  • MAAP maps deforestation in 2017

    11 February 2018

    The latest report by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), published last week, provides new figures for deforestation in the Amazon region of Peru. According to MAAP, Peru lost a further 143,425 hectares (354,410 acres) of forest cover in 2017.

  • Inter American Court ruling questioned

    11 February 2018

    The Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) has ruled against the Peruvian state in the case of the supreme justices of the Constitutional Tribunal.

  • User-friendly data on mining concessions

    11 February 2018

    The NGO Cooperacción has published a useful instrument for all those interested in the spread and geographical incidence of mining concessions in Peru. It is an interactive map.

  • Tia Maria accusations could set precedent; new pressure from Southern for go-ahead

    03 February 2018

    The regional prosecutor’s office in Arequipa has pressed charges against a number of community leaders from in and around the Tia María mining project, accusing them of illicit association with criminal intent (asociación ilicta para delinquir).

  • Deaths result from potato price conflict

    03 February 2018

    Two, possibly three peasant farmers have lost their lives in violent conflicts in the central highlands over the last week. Celestino Flores was killed in a clash in Pasco region, while Irineo Curiñaaupa Campos lost his life in demonstrations in Huancavelica. A third fatality has yet to be officially named.

  • Pativilca case calls Fujimori pardon into question

    27 January 2018

    In a long-awaited judicial meeting on 26 January, it was debated whether or not Alberto Fujimori should stand trial for the 1992 torture and assassination of six men in Pativilca, a town to the north of Lima. Members of the so-called Colina Group, who gave evidence in return for lighter sentences, have confessed that they acted on Fujimori’s instructions.

  • Indulto apparently cooked up months before impeachment vote

    27 January 2018

    According to the Reuters news agency the deal whereby Kenji Fujimori would lend his support to Kuczynski in return for the pardon for his father was arranged back in September last year. This was well before the impeachment vote in which Kenji’s supporters saved the presidential bacon.

  • 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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