• New requirements in environmental damage cases

    16 September 2017

    The Environment Ministry (Minam) has recently published new regulations designed to clarify the procedures to be followed in cases of assessment of environmental damages. This concerns the technical reports, known as ‘Informes Fundamentados’, which now have to be produced as evidence before cases can come before the judges.

  • Block 192 deadline passes with silence from government

    16 September 2017

    Communities living in the vicinity of Block 192 (in Loreto region) and the federations representing indigenous peoples from the four river valleys involved have issued a strongly-worded note of protest, having failed to receive any assurances from the government that their demands will be met.

  • A date for your diary

    16 September 2017

    The Peru Support Group will be holding its annual conference on 14 October at the Institute of Global Governance, at University College London (UCL), 29-31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU. Registration will begin at 10am. The theme of conference will be on the criminalisation of protest in Peru, and the keynote speaker will be the lawyer Mirtha Vásquez from Grufides in Cajamarca.

  • Fujimori discards 'humanitarian' pardon

    09 September 2017

    Alberto Fujimori had confirmed that he was not open to the idea of being given a ‘humanitarian’ pardon by the president on the grounds of ill health.

  • Six deaths in Ucayali land grab

    09 September 2017

    The Federación de Comunidades Nativas de Ucayali y Afluentes (Feconau) has denounced the killing of six small-scale farmers (agricultores) in a conflict over deforestation in the district of Nueva Requena, Ucayali region.

  • Fujimoristas flex their muscles, again

    09 September 2017

    The on-going tension between the majority in Congress and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski continues. In the past week his formal request to be given permission to travel to the UN General Assembly, as well as to Rome to see Pope Francis, was initially blocked, only to be granted later.

  • Mining investment down, again

    03 September 2017

    Mining investment to June was down 2.7% on the same period last year. This is the fourth year in a row that mining investment has slumped,

  • Threats seen to indigenous land rights

    03 September 2017

    Issues of land ownership and investment requirements are much on the agenda following President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s presidential address a month ago. Grassroots groups are much concerned at the project, now known as 1718-2017-PE, which was outlined in his speech on 28 July.

  • Block 192: dialogue flounders, again

    27 August 2017

    On 22 August, dialogue between government and indigenous representatives from the communities of the four river basins affected by Block 192 broke down. The reason was the refusal of the state to give an answer to and guarantee indigenous groups the right to a fresh consultation before a new 30-year oil contract is awarded.

  • Controversy at the Memory Museum

    27 August 2017

    Last week prominent sociologist Guillermo Nugent was asked to leave his position as the director of the Lugar de la Memoria Tolerancia e Inclusión Social (LUM). After 10 months in charge and having achieved its prominent space in Lima’s cultural landscape, Nugent became the latest victim of the battles for memory being waged in Peru.

  • 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.

  • Why join the PSG?

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    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
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