• A small step forward in the Majaz case

    05 May 2018

    At last, in 2018, there is cause for (modest) celebration, since the local Appeal Court in Piura has ruled that the 2011 ruling was misguided, on the grounds that the lengthy delay in the claimants' own case to be included was unfair and not their fault. The Ministry of the Interior has therefore now been included as a responsible party. If found guilty, it would have to provide compensation to the victims.

  • Poverty and social spending

    05 May 2018

    Last week we reported the announcement that poverty levels in Peru increased in 2017, for the first time in decades. We also said that this raised questions about the efficacy of government social programmes. La República has since published useful data on the amounts of money spent on a variety of social programmes

  • DHSF accused of defamation over Antapaccay report

    05 May 2018

    The Cuzco-based human rights organisation Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras (DHSF) has recently been accused of ‘aggravated defamation’ by the regional police of the Cuzco-Apurímac region, following publication by DHSF of alleged abuses by the police and security in the community of Alto Huacar, Espinar, near Antapaccay.

  • Red Muqui in London

    28 April 2018

    Javier Jahncke from the Red Muqui visited London on 23-24 April to present the findings of the recent Humboldt University study entitled “Alternativas de Desarrollo en las Regiones Mineras de Peru”. This looks into the negative health and environment consequences of mining in Junín and Cajamarca. The study advocates boosting agricultural development as a route to sustainable growth.

  • Las Bambas communities protest at new EIA modifications

    28 April 2018

    Discord at the giant Las Bambas copper mine has centred since the beginning on concerns about modifications to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Modifications made at that time allowed for the development of a transport route that has caused huge problems for communities as a result of the dust and vibration from heavy trucks. The protesters highlighted the failure properly to consult the affected communities.

  • 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).

  • 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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