NEWS

  • 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 crowdfunding campaign

    30 June 2018

    We need your help to keep the PSG going. If you are able, please support us through our crowdfunder appeal.

  • World Cup fever activates calls against racism

    30 June 2018

    For the first time in 36 years Peru qualified for the world’s biggest football event, and the country went wild. A reported 40,000 Peruvians made the trip to Russia, many from Peru but also from countries all over the world.

  • Census: reading the numbers

    30 June 2018

    The national statistics office (INEI) last week published some of the results from last year’s census. The numbers underline how Peru’s demographic profile is changing. The total population of the country is put at 31.3 million.

  • Campaign for Lima mayor gets under way

    24 June 2018

    Last week saw the official start of the campaign, which will conclude in October, to see who replaces Luis Castañeda Lossio as mayor of Lima. No fewer than 21 candidates lined up at the starting line.

  • Teachers start new strike

    24 June 2018

    Peru’s teachers initiated a new campaign of strikes last week, aimed to increase teachers’ pay and at forcing the government to retreat on its plans to reform the profession. In response, the government made a number of announcements designed to dissuade teachers from supporting the strike, including docking wages and threats of dismissal.

  • 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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