• A note of self-criticism from Devida

    02 October 2016

    The head of Devida, the organization dedicated to reducing coca cultivation in Peru, has come up with what has long seemed obvious to the outside world: policies of coca eradication will not work unless they are accompanied by active policies to encourage agricultural development.

  • Bagua protesters absolved

    24 September 2016

    In a landmark ruling on 22 September, a hearing by the Supreme Court in Amazonas absolved all the accused of murder in connection with the 2009 killings, the so-called Baguazo.

  • Supreme Court verdict a threat to wage stability

    24 September 2016

    The Supreme Court has ruled that an employer may reduce the wages they pay, either by mutual consent of the employee, or not in cases where, for example, a company or a state institution finds itself in a situation adverse to its “stability or economic equilibrium”.

  • New attack on Maxima Acuna

    24 September 2016

    Peru’s human rights defender and environmentalist Maxima Acuña has suffered a physical attack by a group of men who, according to an accusation made by Acuña’s daughter, Ysidora Chaupe, appeared to be in the pay of Yanacocha mine.

  • Extractives: new policies

    18 September 2016

    The Kuczynski government has come up with a number of novel initiatives in a range of areas in relation to the extractives sector, in an effort to change the terms of engagement with mining companies. The cooperation of investors in this sector is viewed as fundamental to the economic success of the regime.

  • Forest fires rage out of control in central jungle

    18 September 2016

    Huge swaths of the central jungle in Junín department have been destroyed by forest fires caused, it appears, by the practice of burning undergrowth to open up land for agricultural purposes. 

  • Peru Support Group Annual Conference

    11 September 2016

    “Human Rights and Development under PPK”
    5 November 2016, 11am – 5pm, UCL

  • 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.

  • 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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