• Mestizaje and the census

    21 October 2017

    On 22 October, every Peruvian household should have received and filled in a census form. This document will provide crucial information to the authorities. The inclusion this time of ethnic background is an innovation. As well as asking people what their original language was (Spanish, Quechua, Aymara etc), the census asks people to identify their ethnicity.

  • Lima, a dangerous city in which to be a woman

    21 October 2017

    Lima is the fifth most dangerous mega-city in which to be a woman according to a study by the Thompson Reuters Foundation. The study surveyed 380 experts in women’s issues in the world’s 19 biggest megacities, to assess how well women are protected and have access to services..

  • Presidential pardons appointee resigns

    15 October 2017

    Rumours as to a possible pardon for jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori abound. Over the last few days, there was further questioning over the reshuffle of committee members entrusted with authorising presidential pardons. The man chosen to lead the committee not only had no legal training but turned out to be 92 years old. He has now withdrawn his name.

  • Demus presents new evidence on forced sterilisations

    15 October 2017

    Just as the public prosecutor considers whether or not to pursue the judicial investigations into cases of forced sterilisation, Demus has come up with new evidence on how women were deceived into giving their assent to procedures involved.

  • Parliamentary delegation reports back

    15 October 2017

    The delegation of British parliamentarians who visited Peru in September gave a report-back of their experiences to a meeting hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Canning House at the House of Commons on 11 October.

  • Garcia in the judicial spotlight

    07 October 2017

    Public Prosecutor (fiscal) José Antonio Castellanos announced on 3 October that he had extended his investigation into asset laundering by the former president and a group of close confidantes for a further 36 months. He did so claiming that García was the head of a widespread criminal network.

  • Regulation, not deregulation in the mining sector

    07 October 2017

    With mineral prices showing signs of recovery, the Kuczynski government is keen to push ahead with the quest for new investment in the mining sector. In this it sings from the same hymn sheet as the industry itself and its lobbyists.

  • New study confirms heavy metals in children from La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco

    01 October 2017

    A recent study by the Quebec Institute of Public Health finds alarming levels of harmful heavy metals from samples taken from children in La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco. It analysed the hair, blood and urine of 24 children between 3 and 15 years old. All were found to have high levels of arsenic; 18 had high levels of lead in their blood.

  • Ombudsman taken to task

    01 October 2017

    Wálter Gutiérrez, the Defensor del Pueblo (Ombudsman), has been widely taken to task for a speech he delivered to the annual congress of mining companies, Perumin. In this, he said that “without investment there can be no growth and without growth human rights are not a reality for all”. While his remarks may have been the sort of thing that goes down well in the business community, they were not so welcome among human rights advocates and within left-wing parliamentary circles.

  • OEFA upbraids gold miner and is itself attacked

    01 October 2017

    The Tucari mine, owned by a company called Auntani SAC, is accused by OEFA of causing contamination of the Coralaque river, a water course that flows into the Tambo River downstream. But the functioning of OEFA itself, which is in part funded by the very companies it is seeking to oversee, is also under attack. On 22 September, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled in favour of a mining company, Perubar, which had complained about the system by which OEFA funds itself from the companies it supervises.

  • 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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