• UN Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights speaks out

    19 August 2017

    In an interview, to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz highlighted the advances made in protecting the livelihoods of indigenous peoples in recent years. But she was under no illusions of the difficulties they face, and indeed some of the backsliding she has noticed in respect for indigenous rights.

  • Las Bambas: one step forward, two steps back?

    19 August 2017

    On 16 August after six months of work, an agreement emerged from the Dialogue Table reconvened in February to attempt to resolve the issues between the government, the local communities and the mining corporation MMG, which is developing the huge Las Bambas copper mine. But just as some progress was being made, the government has resorted to declaring a state of emergency in the region, prompting new tensions.

  • Successes identified in curbing deforestation

    19 August 2017

    Success arising from civil society pressure in curbing deforestation is the surprising but welcome finding of recent work done by MAAP (Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project). A report in Mongabay Latam highlights five instances in Peru where deforestation has been halted, at least for now.

  • A year of environmental policy: little to celebrate

    05 August 2017

    To mark President Kuczynski’s first year in office, the influential NGO, Cooperacción, looks back at a year of environmental policy-making and finds few reasons to celebrate. The core of the government’s approach to stimulating mining investment appears to be the reduction of standards and controls.

  • Water shock ahead

    05 August 2017

    One of the main promises made by President Kuczynski on taking office was to ensure that all Peruvians, no matter what their circumstances, would have access to mains water and sewerage by 2021: ‘water’ would be the headline achievement of his administration. As his second year dawns, the promise is being dusted down having been largely ignored over the previous twelve months.

  • National mineworkers' strike mediated

    05 August 2017

    The member unions of the National Federation of Mining Workers initiated their long-heralded national strike on 19 July. After three days, the labour minister and the Federation agreed on a special commission to analyse the unions’ concerns. Miners have accordingly returned to work.

  • New ambassador to London

    05 August 2017

    Susana de la Puente is to be the new Peruvian ambassador to London. She was a keen supporter of President Kuczynski in last year’s presidential election.

  • Measures to tackle illegal gold mining, human slavery and environmental damage

    16 July 2017

    A massive police operation took place over four days, 3-6 July, against illegal gold mining in the national reserve of Tambopata, Madre de Dios. It is the largest such operation yet undertaken by this government. Three camps were the central target.

  • UN wants Peru to pause Block 192 contract renewal

    16 July 2017

    The UN special rapporteur on toxic waste and the rapporteur on indigenous peoples, issued a joint press release on 13 July, requesting the Peruvian government to refrain from further negotiations with potential bidders for the contract to exploit Block 192 in the Amazon jungle.

  • Sibling rivalry among the Fujimorists muddies the political waters

    10 July 2017

    The rift between Keiko and Kenji Fujimori has continued to widen. The issue that has divided the two most is that of their father, Alberto Fujimori. Two months ago, Keiko blocked an initiative in Congress that might have led to the liberation of the former president. Kenji is now trying to engineer a deal with the government by which his father would receive a presidential pardon.

  • 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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