• Human rights organisations demand fairness in Bagua trial

    20 December 2015

    Verdicts are expected in the next few days on the ‘Curva del Diablo’ trial, in which 53 people stand accused of responsibility for the deaths of 33 at Bagua, Amazonas region, in 2009. A number of human rights groups have pressed for fair trials and for those accused to be offered proper defence facilities.

  • Aidesep at COP-21

    13 December 2015

    The issue of land tiling is one of many that the Asociacion Inter-etnica de la Selva Peruana (Aidesep) has took to the COP-21 meeting in Paris this week.

  • Petroperu in the dock over Maranon oil spill

    13 December 2015

    A report this September by the Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental found Petroperú responsible for damage to the flora and fauna of the region, as well as 'potential' damage to human life and health. But a detailed and graphic report in Spain’s El País this week demonstrates that the local inhabitants in Cuninico are very clear that the 'human' damage is more than just ‘potential’.

  • Opinion polls

    13 December 2015

    The latest opinion poll, conducted by Ipsos was published by El Comercio on 13 December

  • Land titling: much to be done

    13 December 2015

    The task ahead in guaranteeing the integrity of communal land in Peru is daunting. Various attempts have been made over the years to award land titles to communities but the task is very far from complete,

  • Seeking to improve community ties

    05 December 2015

    An interesting initiative from the Global Indigenous Trust has brought ten delegates from six communities in the Cusco region of Peru to the city of Timmins in Canada to visit the city and the mine owned there by the Canadian company Goldcorp

  • Not much unity or democracy

    05 December 2015

    The primaries within Unidad Democrática to select a presidential candidate ended up in bitter recriminations over supposed fraud and manipulation.

  • Loggers, illegal miners shut down large parts of the jungle

    30 November 2015

    Strikes by logging interests and illegal miners have effectively wrought havoc in Ucayali and Madre de Dios regions, bringing most economic activity to a halt over the last week.

  • Students defend University Law

    30 November 2015

    On 25 November 2015, hundreds of students and ordinary citizens took to the streets of Lima to protest against the possibility that the University Law (passed in 2014) would be watered down by a proposal introduced in Congress. A day later, members of Congress who had favoured this revision, backtracked.

  • Budget presented to Congress

    30 November 2015

    The government’s budget for 2016 was presented to Congress on 26 November by Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano and members of his cabinet. This envisages a 6% increase in overall government spending.

  • 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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