• IACHR funding crisis may thwart human rights enforcement

    30 May 2016

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced on 23 May that it faces a severe financial crisis, and has no alternative but to suspend all visits planned for the year as well as the period of sessions planned for July and October. Further, it has announced that it will be cutting its staff by 40% on 31 July if the necessary funds are not found by then.

  • Amnesty demands human rights guarantees in Peru

    30 May 2016

    In a statement last week, Amnesty International called on the two remaining presidential candidates in the Peruvian elections, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori, to offer guarantees to respect human rights if elected on 5 June.

  • State of emergency in Madre de Dios over mercury contamination

    30 May 2016

    Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal announced on Monday 23 May a 60-day ‘state of emergency’ in eleven provinces of Madre de Dios, claiming that as many as 50,000 (over 40% of the region’s population) have been exposed to mercury contamination. He announced plans to send hospital ships and “healthy” fish (from fish farms) to the area to help feed people.

  • Gold mining continues to threaten livelihoods and the environment

    22 May 2016

    Satellite mapping by the Monitoring the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has been charting the environmental damage done by illegal and informal mining and deforestation. New maps show how mining is invading the Tambopata National Reserve.

  • Mining output boosts Q1 GDP growth

    22 May 2016

    Peru’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4.4% in the first quarter of this year, somewhat higher than the 3.3% achieved for the whole of last year.

  • Mercedes Araoz offers olive branches

    22 May 2016

    Mercedes Araóz, vice-presidential candidate for PPK and former minister during Alan García’s last government, has atoned for her role over the 2009 killings at Bagua.

  • Protest over Block 192 and support from the UN

    22 May 2016

    Oil exploitation in Block 192 in Peru's northern Amazon has become notorious for the pollution that has occurred over more than 40 years. Last week, indigenous leaders from the area came to Congress in Lima to present a petition with 8,000 signatures from 74 countries.

  • Renewed strike over Tia Maria

    16 May 2016

    As the end of Ollanta Humala’s presidency hovers into view and with a new government in the offing, pressure is once again building up over Tía María. Last week, local communities staged a 72-hour strike in pursuit of their demand to have the mining project called off.

  • Court action on Cacao del Peru Norte

    16 May 2016

    A court in Lima has served a cautionary measure (medida cautelar) on Cacao del Perú Norte, ordering it to stop all activity at Tamshiyacu because of its impact on primary forest there.

  • NRGI reports on mineral revenue sharing

    07 May 2016

    An excellent report has just been published by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, (NRGI) authored by María Lasa Aresti. In 31 pages, it presents careful documentation and explanation of how mineral revenues are fed down to the sub-national level, providing data from 2005 to 2014. It explains accurately the whole system of transfers.

  • 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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