• Environmental management: a new specialist court in Madre de Dios

    15 April 2018

    A significant event as regards environmental management took place on 1 April: the launch of the first specialised environmental court in Peru, in Puerto Maldonado.

  • Jungle oil remediation: progress reported

    15 April 2018

    Puinamudt, or Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicas Unidas en Defensa de sus Territorios, is an indigenous organisation based in the Amazon with a history of sustained work in resisting environmental damage in the area and threats to livelihoods and rights. Its most recent report is unusually encouraging.

  • Mining under the microscope

    08 April 2018

    Cooperacción, the Lima-based NGO which has supported many communities’ claims against those of mining companies, has just published a compilation that provides a comprehensive account of struggles over the last ten years, 2008 to date.

  • Peru hosts hemispheric summit

    08 April 2018

    Lima will play host this week to the Summit of the Americas. According to the foreign ministry, 20 heads of state had confirmed their participation as of 5 April. Among them is Donald Trump

  • IACHR holds hearings on HRD protection in the Andes

    24 March 2018

    On 26 February, as part of the 167th hearings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), representatives from human rights organisations from across the Andean region presented a new report entitled ‘Defending the Territory is our Right’. This documents a series of cases and highlights the way that human rights defenders (HRDs) working on land rights and the environment are at risk.

  • Climate change law welcomed

    24 March 2018

    On 15 March, the Peruvian Congress unanimously approved the Climate Change Law, making it the fourth country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have one. This law in principle strengthens governance on climate policy.

  • Meeting of women victims of forced sterilization

    17 March 2018

    On 16 and 16 March women from Iquitos, Pucallpa, Cajamarca, Piura, Cusco, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junín, Huánuco and Lima arrived in the capital for an event organized by GREF (Group that Follows the Process for Reparations for Forced Sterilizations).

  • International Women's Day

    11 March 2018

    Like in many other cities around the world, Lima saw the mobilisation of thousands of women to demand justice on International Women’s Day. Although not as numerous as the 5 million women who took to the streets of several Spanish cities or the hundreds of thousands in Argentina, the mobilisation in Lima was nevertheless important in highlighting the prevalence of abuse.

  • Yoshiyama in trouble

    11 March 2018

    Jaime Yoshiyama, the founder of Fuerza Popular (FP) and close associate of Fujimori family, has found himself under increasing pressure over the last week. Jorge Barata’s testimony showed how he had given Yoshiyama money for Keiko Fujimori’s 2011 presidential campaign.

  • Indigenous groups use drones to pinpoint oil spills

    11 March 2018

    Since 1980, AIDESEP, the Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana, has been working to give voice to the indigenous communities of the Amazon. Today it has a new initiative. It is working with the North American NGO ‘If Not Us Then Who?’ in a project to enable communities to use drones in their fight against contamination from oil and deforestation.

  • 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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