• Mercury poisoning in Madre de Dios

    20 November 2016

    In a piece published by The Guardian, David Hill highlights the results of studies carried out by Duke Global Health Institute in the United States which seek to quantify how much local populations are exposed to mercury poisoning.

  • Fire strikes twice

    20 November 2016

    On 17 November a fire broke out in one of the cinemas at the Larcomar shopping mall in Miraflores. Four people were killed and several were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

  • Mining: more protests, more deaths, some dialogue

    13 November 2016

    The death of a protester at Las Bambas in October has already had a strong impact on public policy, as we outlined last week, and the fear of ‘contagion’ has proved real. Last week brought further significant events: further deaths at police hands, this time in La Libertad, and more mining protests in the south.

  • Mining output boosts exports

    13 November 2016

    The increase in mining output, mostly from Las Bambas and the expansion of Cerro Verde, have helped push Peru’s trade balance back towards positive terrain over the first three quarters of the year.

  • Defending the defenders: human rights defenders at risk

    06 November 2016

    An Oxfam document draws attention to the plight of human rights defenders in Latin America. The report highlights the plight of women in defending human rights

  • Bolivia and Peru: change of tone?

    06 November 2016

    The visit by President Kuczynski to Bolivia, where he met with Evo Morales in Sucre, marks an improvement in relations between the two countries. Despite their ideological differences, Kuczynski and Morales pledged to mend fences.

  • Loreto oil spills: conflict continues.

    29 October 2016

    Indigenous communities in Loreto have now been on strike for two months, blocking the river Marañon. Faced with the effects of nine oil spills this year, they are desperate to force action from the government. Rolando Luque, the new ONDS chief, went to Saramillo as his first visit in his new job.

  • Bill to end private police contracts in mines

    29 October 2016

    The left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) tabled legislation on 25 October that, if approved, would bring to an end the practice whereby detachments of the police are stationed within privately-owned mining camps.

  • New law should help identification of violence victims

    29 October 2016

    No-one knows for sure how many people were killed in the war between Sendero and the state in the 1980s and early 1990s, nor how many people just ‘disappeared’. The problem of discovering where people are buried, establishing their identity and enabling their bereaved relatives to bury them properly is on-going.

  • Peru Support Group's Annual Conference on 5 November

    20 October 2016


    Human Rights and Development under PPK

    5th November 2016
    UCL Global Governance Institute
    29 – 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

    Registration and coffee start at 10:30am; conference starts at 11:00am
    Members and Concessions £8, non-members £13

    Please register your attendance in advance if possible.
    Email: to register

    For a detailed agenda please click on the subject heading

  • 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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