• Vizcarra and Morales agree on importing Bolivian gas

    29 June 2019

    The Vizcarra and Morales administrations agreed outline terms for the import into Peru of Bolivian gas. The main argument proffered by the Peruvian side was that it would reduce energy prices substantially for consumers. For Bolivia, entry into the Peruvian energy market would provide an important new source of demand for Bolivian gas.

  • Peru and Chile restrict migrant immigration

    29 June 2019

    Peru has imposed further restrictions on immigration. The new restrictions require Venezuelans to have a visa and passport to enter. Venezuelans rushed to cross the border before the new restrictions came into effect on 15 June.

  • Agrarian reform: 50 years on

    29 June 2019

    On 24 June, then renamed ‘Dia del campesinado’, President Juan Velasco decreed the agrarian reform in Peru. 50 years on, the reform, which was one of the most radical exercises in property redistribution ever attempted in Latin America, remains a hot topic.

  • Economy in slowdown

    23 June 2019

    We argued that the official growth figure for 2019 was far removed from reality. Last week, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar was obliged to admit that the Ministry of Economy and Finance had been persuaded to reduce its growth forecast from 4.2% to 3.7%.

  • 2019 mining investments underwhelming

    23 June 2019

    According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, this year’s programme of mining investments is stalling because of the suspension of a number of key projects, of which by far the most important is Tía María in Arequipa.

  • Gender parity in indigenous communities

    23 June 2019

    The Peruvian Congress has passed legislation to guarantee equality between men and women in the leadership of indigenous communities.

  • Indigenous leaders, rock musicians urge action to protect environment defenders

    23 June 2019

    President Martín Vizcarra has been asked to give priority to investigating cases of assassination and threats against indigenous environmental leaders. This forms part of a campaign supported by NGOs.

  • Mining protests in Puno and in Piura

    15 June 2019

    In Azángaro province in Puno, communities along the Ramis river, are protesting about the alleged contamination caused by mining projects in the area. At the other end of the country, in Piura, people from the communities of Ayabaca initiated strike action on 12 June in protest at the go-ahead for mining at Rio Blanco.

  • Tullow sails into potentially stormy waters

    15 June 2019

    On 6 June, fishermen from the communities of Paita, Sechura and Talara, located in the north-western region of Piura and Tumbes, took to the streets to protest at the concession recently granted by the Peruvian government to British-Irish oil company Tullow Oil.

  • Good news: international recognition for community initiatives

    15 June 2019

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the prize winners in their tenth annual Equator Initiative. This awards prizes for “outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for climate change and local sustainable development".The judges received 847 nominations from 127 countries. Twenty-two winners were announced on 5 June. In most winning countries there was only one award. Brazil and Haiti had two, but Peru had four.

  • 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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