• Julio Cotler dies at 86

    08 April 2019

    It was with deep regret that we learnt last week of the death of Julio Cotler.

  • A week of conflict in Las Bambas

    01 April 2019

    The past week the conflict over mining operations at Las Bambas copper mine reached new heights. Tensions mounted over the detention on 21 March of the president of the community of Fuerabamba and a community leader over charges of extortion.

  • Dialogue and human rights in the mining sector: a PSG publication

    23 March 2019

    This week the Peru Support Group with Idehpucp launched its report entitled ‘Dialogue and Human Rights in the Mining Sector: Learning from Peru’. Through the lens of projects that have involved dialogue between mining companies and communities affected by mining, it seeks to draw some broad conclusions about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice.

  • Shipibo leader spells out dangers for indigenous environment defenders in Madre de Dios

    23 March 2019

    Julio Cusurichi won a Goldman Environmental Award for leading a successful campaign to create a legally recognised territory of 8,300 square kilometres for the Mashco Piro, an Amazonian group. Having helped set up a network of indigenous forest monitors and defended this reserve when the government gave up, Cusurichi has found protecting territory an increasingly difficult challenge with illegal miners, loggers and drug traffickers presenting an existential threat to the indigenous people of the region.

  • Gonzalo Portocarrero

    23 March 2019

    It was with great sadness that we learnt this last week of the death of Gonzalo Portocarrero, a leading Peruvian sociologist.

  • New cabinet brings gender parity

    18 March 2019

    On 10 March a new cabinet was sworn in, the second one put together by President Martín Vizcarra who will soon be a year in post. Seven new ministers were incorporated, all women, making this the second cabinet in Peru’s history to achieve gender parity.

  • Environment Impact Assessment for Petroleum Lot 64 in Loreto sent back to the drawing board

    18 March 2019

    Hard on the heels of its rejection of the EIA for the Hidrovia megaproject reported last week, the Ministry of Environment’s national certification agency, SENACE, has now turned its attention to Geopark.

  • Tambogrande back in the spotlight

    11 March 2019

    Proinversión, the government agency in charge of promoting and approving new investment projects, announced at the end of last month that a new US$350 million project, El Algarrobo, is under consideration.

  • Senace criticizes the Hidrovia project, again

    11 March 2019

    On March 6, Senace (Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles) issued a new notification declaring that the Ennvironmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the controversial Hidrovia project (see last week’s newsletter) was void on procedural grounds.

  • Political reform blueprint expected this week

    05 March 2019

    This week will see publication of the recommendations of a special commission of political scientists and electoral experts to introduce reforms to the country’s political institutions and its electoral rules.

  • 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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