• Executive and legislature clash over political reform agenda

    12 May 2019

    Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and Justice Minister Vicente Zevallos have accused Fuerza Popular (FP) and its allies in APRA of deliberately dragging their heels in pushing ahead with reforms to improve the workings of the political and justice systems. They have demanded that the congressional Constitution Commission give the reforms due priority.

  • An important consulta previa begins to move in Espinar

    12 May 2019

    On 10 May, a press release by FUCAE (Federación Unificada de Campesinos de Espinar Domingo Huarca Cruz) and the communities directly affected by the Antapaccay expansion at Tintaya put down a strong marker in regard to the prior consultation promised by the Minister of Energy and Mines on 22 April.

  • Partners at odds over delays in implementation of 2020 forest conservation and climate change mitigation goals

    05 May 2019

    Five years into the joint declaration of intent (DCI) between Peru, Norway and Germany on reduction of greenhouse gases and sustainable development, MINAM faced criticism from both civil society and donors at a joint planning meeting in Lima, 13 April.

  • Economics, sustainability and the human costs of mining

    05 May 2019

    The BBC aired an interesting and moving programme on the “the unending battle between economics and sustainability and its terrible human costs” in the context of the Brazilian disaster.

  • Monitoring the use of forestry resources

    29 April 2019

    At the end of last year, the public sector body OSINFOR, a key organisation in monitoring illegal logging, was moved from its adscription to the Council of Ministers to the Environment Ministry, a move initiated by the previous government and interpreted by some as a reaction to the organisation’s inconvenient effectiveness.

  • Resignation of Vice Minister of Energy and Mines

    29 April 2019

    On Friday 26 April the acceptance was announced of the resignation of Miguel Inchaustegui from the post he took up nearly a year ago as Vice Minister of Energy and Mines. Inchaustegui is retiring ‘for personal reasons’.

  • Kuczynski under arrest

    15 April 2019

    Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-18) was taken into custody on 10 April. This was a preliminary move, for ten days, in order to continue the investigation on possible wrong-doing linked to the mega-case of bribes given by the troubled Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

  • Sodalicio defamation case prompts legal storm

    15 April 2019

    On 9 April, in a court in Piura, Judge Judith Cueva Calle found journalist Pedro Salinas guilty of defamation charges for the publication of an article he wrote about the Archbishop of Piura, José Antonio Eguren.

  • Two dead, several injured in clashes in Puno

    15 April 2019

    Interior Minister Carlos Morán has been asked to appear before Congress on 15 April to clarify events in San Gabán, Puno, last week in which two farmers were killed and several wounded.

  • Rights of communities to bring legal challenges in UK courts

    15 April 2019

    Over the years the PSG has noted cases where problems in the Peruvian mining industry associated with relations with communities have finished up in the UK courts. The UK Supreme Court has just issued its decision on the admissibility of bringing an action in the UK courts by Zambian villagers

  • 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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