• Death penalty debate

    05 November 2017

    Over the past week there has been a growing debate over the introduction of the death penalty for those who rape minors. The discussion was sparked by a terrible incident over the weekend and the issue has reached both Congress and the Ministry of Justice.

  • United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights calls for Peru to put Human Rights at the centre of the agenda

    29 October 2017

    Following a two-day visit in the week of 23 October, Zeid Ra'ad Al Husse, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, called upon the government to reaffirm the importance of human rights in the country’s push towards social and economic development.

  • Human Rights Ombudsman highlights government inaction as key factor in conflict escalation

    29 October 2017

    In a new report ‘The Value of Dialogue’ published in September 2017, the Human Rights Ombudsman calls upon the government to initiate early dialogue to prevent the escalation of social conflicts which continue to wrack the country. Since 2004, the Ombudsman has regularly monitored and issued reports on social conflicts throughout the country.

  • Peruvian community members sue Glencore in the High Court in London

    29 October 2017

    On Monday 30 October a ten-day hearing will begin in the High Court, to rule on the allegations by 22 Peruvians. The case refers to the actions of Xstrata in 2012 at the Tintaya mine. The case to be brought alleges responsibility of the company in the deaths of protesters at the mine.

  • Mining: unconvincing efforts at consultation in Espinar

    21 October 2017

    The huge copper enterprise in Espinar now comprises Tintaya, Antapaccay and Coroccohuayco. It has had a bad history in terms of environmental impacts and the resulting conflicts. The history here has been bedevilled by a lack of clear documentation of base lines etc. So, as the company moves to secure the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the extension of its operations to Coroccohuayco, one would expect great care to be taken in securing a sound evaluation of the environmental impact and in winning community consent. Instead, the process seems mired, yet again, in poor transparency, bad communications, and lack of credibility.

  • 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.

  • 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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