• MTC questions controversial Amazon canal scheme

    29 September 2019

    Despite Vizcarra’s recent insistence that the Hidrovía Amazónica project will definitely go ahead, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has added its voice to the widespread criticism of the Sino-Peruvian Cohidro consortium’s ill-defined plans to open up more than 2,500 kms of the Amazon and its three main tributaries to deep water navigation.

  • Voluntary agreement proposed to eliminate palm oil deforestation

    29 September 2019

    The US-based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has announced a proposed agreement between the Peruvian Palm Oil Producers’ Association (JUNPALMA), the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) and the Peruvian Society for Eco-development (SPDE) which would promise sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil production as of 2021.

  • PERUMIN 34 meets in Arequipa

    22 September 2019

    The week of 16 September has been given over in Arequipa to PERUMIN 34 - a massive gathering 16-20 September of business and state, with 60,000 expected to attend to visit exhibitions and the numerous presentations. The title of the event is 'Mining, Science, Innovation, Technology and Education'.

  • Peruvian testimony on human rights and corporations in the extractives sector

    22 September 2019

    The United Nations has been sponsoring annual regional events on the issue of Business and Human Rights. The most recent, the fourth such event, occurred in CEPAL in Santiago earlier this month (3-4 September).

  • Fujimoristas devise plans to thwart Vizcarra

    16 September 2019

     With time fast running out to find a solution to Peru's constitutional gridlock over bringing forward the date for general elections from 2021 to next year, the opposition parties are stepping up the tempo of their campaign to thwart President Martín Vizcarra's proposal, first announce in his Independence Day speech on 28 July. 

  • Indigenous human rights defenders under attack in Huanuco

    16 September 2019

    On 9 September, Ashaninka leader Polico Díaz Sambache was reportedly attacked and kidnapped en route to meet a delegation headed by the Ministry of Agriculture. The delegation had travelled to the area for the purpose of continuing the process of legal community recognition. Díaz Sambache is the vice-president of the Community Nueva Austria in Huánuco region, and has been representing his community in the quest for legal recognition.

  • Nuevo Peru outlines mining policy

    16 September 2019

    With an eye to the current discussion over a new mining law and this week’s mining conference in Arequipa, Nuevo Perú has produced a document outlining its policy with respect to this sector. The left’s presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Veronika Mendoza, spoke about priorities in an interview in La República last week. 

  • Law threatens to disenfranchise Peruvians living abroad

    07 September 2019

    Fernando Tuesta, the former president of the electoral authority ONPE and head of the special commission that designed reforms to the political and electoral systems, has drawn attention to the fact that changes to the law that passed Congress earlier this year effectively disenfranchise nearly a million Peruvians living abroad.

  • Amazon fires expose weakness of Peru's defences

    07 September 2019

    Peru has so far escaped the uncontrollable fires that have devastated other South American countries over recent weeks. But the flames have not been far away. Fires have wrought major destruction in Acre (Brazil) and Pando (Bolivia), regions that border on Madre de Dios. However, the proximity of these conflagrations has underlined Peru’s vulnerability.

  • Tia Maria: date set for hearing

    07 September 2019

    The latest news on Tía María is that the Consejo de Minería has announced that it will rule by the end of October on whether the project should go ahead. There will be hearings from both sides of the debate (the communities of the Tambo valley and Southern Peru Copper) during October followed by a verdict.

  • 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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