• New oil spill puts Petroperu in the dock

    03 July 2016

    The resignation of Germán Velásquez as president of Petroperú on 28 June took place as the authorities sought to clarify how yet another oil spill took place from the Northern Peru Pipeline at the end of the previous week.

  • Melka selling off illegally-cleared forest land

    03 July 2016

    On 23 June, a public notice in the Jakarta Post in Indonesia set out plans by the Melka group to sell off the lands it controls in Ucayali region by public auction. These properties have been the centre of widespread complaints about indiscriminate deforestation by Melka-related companies to clear the land for palm oil cultivation.

  • Post-election realignments

    19 June 2016

    No sooner than Pedro Pablo Kcuzynski had been confirmed as the winner of the 5 June second round, post-electoral realignments began to become clearer.

  • Elections: the geography of voting

    19 June 2016

    With the final tally from the second round now officially complete, it becomes possible to analyse the results in a little more detail. Apart from the north-south split Kuczynski’s support appears much more solid in urban and higher-income areas while Fujimori’s is more rural and poverty-based.

  • Petroperu admits to jungle spill

    19 June 2016

    On 9 June, Petroperú for the first time admitted responsibility for the oil spills that have affected communities in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so in a public hearing as part of the 158th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission (IACHR), held in Chile.

  • PPK the winner - just

    12 June 2016

    The ONPE (Organización Nacional de Procesos Electorales) finally declared, on the evening of 10 June, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski the winner of the second round presidential election.

  • Moves to enter into dialogue with FP

    12 June 2016

    With the final results announced, Kuczynski has moved rapidly to ratify those who will be in charge of his government’s economic policies.

  • Tia Maria protesters put on trial

    12 June 2016

    On 9 June, Manuel Rios Huamaní, aged 22, and Junior Maquera Cahuana, aged 26, appeared in court in Arequipa, accused of causing disturbances, violence, resisting the authorities and causing damage to public property.

  • PPK ahead by a whisker

    06 June 2016

    The morning after, with 90% of the votes counted, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) had 50.5% of the vote and Keiko Fujimori 49.5%.

  • Las Bambas: deficient dialogue, on-going tension and threatened strike

    06 June 2016

    It was major news when the 'mesa de diálogo' (or ‘forum for dialogue’) was able to resume in March to work on the tensions in Apurímac around the huge Las Bambas mine. But the unsatisfactory process since then is only too well documented in a new report from the NGO Cooperacción.

  • 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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