• User-friendly data on mining concessions

    11 February 2018

    The NGO Cooperacción has published a useful instrument for all those interested in the spread and geographical incidence of mining concessions in Peru. It is an interactive map.

  • Tia Maria accusations could set precedent; new pressure from Southern for go-ahead

    03 February 2018

    The regional prosecutor’s office in Arequipa has pressed charges against a number of community leaders from in and around the Tia María mining project, accusing them of illicit association with criminal intent (asociación ilicta para delinquir).

  • Deaths result from potato price conflict

    03 February 2018

    Two, possibly three peasant farmers have lost their lives in violent conflicts in the central highlands over the last week. Celestino Flores was killed in a clash in Pasco region, while Irineo Curiñaaupa Campos lost his life in demonstrations in Huancavelica. A third fatality has yet to be officially named.

  • Pativilca case calls Fujimori pardon into question

    27 January 2018

    In a long-awaited judicial meeting on 26 January, it was debated whether or not Alberto Fujimori should stand trial for the 1992 torture and assassination of six men in Pativilca, a town to the north of Lima. Members of the so-called Colina Group, who gave evidence in return for lighter sentences, have confessed that they acted on Fujimori’s instructions.

  • Indulto apparently cooked up months before impeachment vote

    27 January 2018

    According to the Reuters news agency the deal whereby Kenji Fujimori would lend his support to Kuczynski in return for the pardon for his father was arranged back in September last year. This was well before the impeachment vote in which Kenji’s supporters saved the presidential bacon.

  • Bad news for indigenous groups on Peru-Brazil border...

    27 January 2018

    On 22 January, Peru approved Law 30723 that gives the green light to the construction of a road system along the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Ucayali region. This would open up access to parts of the Amazon forest hitherto relatively untouched.

  • ...And some better news elsewhere

    27 January 2018

    In December 2017, a court in Iquitos made a landmark ruling in favour of indigenous groups, by ordering the Peruvian authorities to recognise and grant land titles to the people of Achuar del Pastaza (in Loreto region). What makes this ruling especially important is that it recognises the Achuar del Pastaza people as a “pueblo”.

  • Las Bambas communities enunciate demands

    22 January 2018

    Following hard on the heels of the general declaration of a state of emergency throughout the mining corridor on 11 January a delegation from the district of Challhuahuacho, in Cotabambas (Apurímac), arrived in Lima. The huge MMG copper mine Las Bambas is located in this district.

  • The PEP and CIDSE draw attention to human rights situation

    22 January 2018

    On the eve of the Pope’s visit to Peru, the Plataforma Europa Perú (PEP) and CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, published a statement expressing their deep concern over the human rights situation in Peru. The pronouncement was highly critical of the pardon granted to former president Alberto Fujimori.

  • Trade Justice Movement urges full transparency in negotiations post-Brexit

    22 January 2018

    The Trade Justice Movement (TJM), a coalition of nearly 70 civil society organisations interested in fair trade and sustainable development, has submitted written evidence calling on the UK parliament’s Trade Bill Committee to amend the Trade Bill as it currently stands, in order to include a framework for scrutiny and accountability ahead of the UK’s trade negotiations post-Brexit.

  • 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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