• Fujimoristas plan amendment to prior consultation legislation

    11 September 2016

    It was perhaps to be expected that the Fujimoristas would take advantage of their position in Congress to push through business-promotion legislation, but they have not wasted time in seeking to challenge the Law on Prior Consultation.

  • Las Bambas: some dialogue, at last

    11 September 2016

    The dialogue table (mesa de diálogo) at Las Bambas finally resumed last week, working for two days, 7 and 8 September. Although such preliminary sessions could hardly be expected to produce much, at least they took place and produced a signed declaration (an acta) at the end.

  • Ucayali community shortlisted for human rights prize

    03 September 2016

    The indigenous community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, in Ucayali region, has emerged as a finalist for a human right prize for its defence of its territories against attempts to use these for palm oil extraction by the Melka group.

  • Amazonas Regional Government revokes Afrodita mining permit

    03 September 2016

    The Regional Government of Amazonas has revoked a permit to carry out gold extraction operations in the Cordillera del Cóndor previously granted to the mining company Afrodita by the Dirección Regional de Energía y Minas.

  • Dialogue in prospect at Las Bambas

    27 August 2016

    The resumption of talks concerning the development of Las Bambas is expected to take place on 7-8 September, following protracted delays and accusations by the community of bad faith on the part of the government.

  • Investigation into forced sterilisation reopened

    27 August 2016

    On 23 August, Prosecutor Luis Landa Burgos ordered the reopening of the investigation into the case against those deemed responsible for the creation of the state programme on human reproduction in the 1990s.

  • Ni una menos: not a woman less, not another death

    20 August 2016

    On Saturday 13 August, a historic rally was held in Lima, several other cities in Peru and, indeed, among Peruvian communities abroad. Some claim that as many as 500,000 people took to the streets of Lima, marching to the Palace of Justice. Even the president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was there; the city was overtaken by the sheer amount of people who came together to show their solidarity for women who have been abused and who have been refused redress in the courts.

  • Mining-led growth

    20 August 2016

    According to the National Statistics Institute last week, the Peruvian economy expanded by 4.1% in the first half year (on the same period of 2015). In the whole of 2015, growth was 3.3%.

  • Fujipardon? Not for the time being

    29 July 2016

    The possibility of Ollanta Humala signing a last-minute presidential pardon for Alberto Fujimori appeared was scotched, at least for the time being, when the outgoing president said he would not make such a move.

  • Santos walks free, for the time being

    29 July 2016

    Gregorio Santos, elected regional president of Cajamarca in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, and presidential candidate in 2016, walked free from jail on 27 July, apparently to resume the regional presidency of Cajamarca.

  • 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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