• Growth rated lifted by fourth quarter results

    05 March 2019

    The Peruvian economy grew by a fraction under 4% in 2018, according to figures published by the statistics office, INEI.

  • Oxfam points to increased poverty and inequality

    05 March 2019

    Growth notwithstanding, both poverty rates and levels of inequality have increased over the past two years according to the report by Oxfam released last week in Lima. The increases represent a reversal of the trend towards improved social conditions registered over the last 15 years.

  • FT highlights poor performance in mining worldwide

    24 February 2019

    The Financial Times has a useful article on Environment, Social, Governance issues for the extractive industries and another on BHP  advocating that tailings dams should have “nuclear levels” of safety measures and that the industry should insist on independent third-party monitoring of the safety of tailings dams around the world.

  • JNJ legislation promulgated

    24 February 2019

    On 18 February, President Vizcarra promulgated the new law creating the National Justice Board (JNJ). The JNJ replaces the defunct National Magistrates Council (CNM) as the entity responsible for appointing (and sacking) judges and prosecutors. The CNM was at the heart of the Callao corruption scandal that broke last year.

  • Meanwhile in Madre de Dios --

    24 February 2019

    Meanwhile, indigenous organisations in Madre de Dios have met to review progress since 2014 on implementing REDD+ Indígena Amazónica through current projects such as co-management of the 402,000 hectare Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.

  • Partido Morado clinches official recognition

    16 February 2019

    The so-called Purple Party (Partido Morado), led by Julio Guzmán, appears to have successfully raised enough signatures to register as a political party.

  • Agreement signed under which Odebrecht reveals more

    16 February 2019

    After several months of negotiations, an agreement was finally signed on 15 February between the Prosecutor’s Office (Ministerio Público) and the Brazilian company Odebrecht to provide crucial information with respect to corruption in Peru.

  • Petroperu to face large bill for remediation in the Amazon

    16 February 2019

    Environmental and health remediation costs are set to soar as Petroperú prepares to take over Block 192 in northern Amazonia in September on a 40-year concession. This will follow a prior consultation process in progress with the largely indigenous population.

  • Forestry initiatives will stimulate debate as to means and ends

    10 February 2019

    In an effort to stimulate sustainable timber production, restore degraded land, and improve information on the country’s diminishing timber reserves, the Forestry Service (SERFOR), a dependency of the Ministry of Agriculture, has announced pilot initiatives.

  • Coca and corruption

    10 February 2019

    A recent article by Jaime Antezana draws attention to the linkages between drug manufacture, corruption and the ongoing presence of terrorist organisations in places like the valleys of the rivers Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro on the borders between Cuzco and Ayacucho regions.

  • 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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