NEWS

  • García Granted Emergency Powers

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    Peruvian Congress overwhelmingly approved emergency powers at the end of April for President Alan García in order to deal with drug trafficking and organised crime.

  • The PSG Welcomes a New Coordinator

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The PSG bids farewell to Sophie Paton, our coordinator for nearly 3 years and welcomes Gaby Drinkwater in her place.

  • Amnesty International protect human rights defenders in Peru

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    Human rights defender Javier Rodolfo Jahncke Benavente has received a death threat which appears to be linked to his work to protect the rights of communities affected by mining projects in the north of Peru.

  • Peruvian Government promises sustainable use of water

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    On World Water Day, the Peruvian ministries of Housing and Construction, Agriculture, the National Institute of Natural Resources, the Association of Municipalites of Peru and the National Council of Irrigators have signed a 'social pact' to promote the sustainable use of water at a national level.

  • PSG gets extra capacity with a Progressio Development Worker

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    We would like to welcome Charlie Smith to the Peru Support Group as our Advocacy Correspondent and Consultant. Charlie is a Progressio development worker based in Peru and will therefore be able to provide us with invaluable support and information from the field.

  • Controversy over Inter American Court of Human Rights rulings

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    At the end of 2006, the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) dictated sentences on two cases from 1992. One ruled the Peruvian State responsible for the killing of nine students and a university teacher from La Cantuta University; the second for the execution of 41 prisoners accused of terrorism in Castro Castro prison.

  • Economy on a high

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    GDP growth in 2006 is expected to reach 6%. This is the highest annual rate of growth since 1986, just prior to the hyperinflationary crash in the last two years of Alan García's first government.

  • Setbacks for Reparations Process: Debate over Ojo que Llora Monument

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    Since early January, in disregard for human rights involving calling for the death penalty, rejecting an Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) sentences and intents to delegitimise NGOs, conservative sectors have been demanding the Ojo que Llora (Eye that Cries) monument be shut down because it would 'honour terrorists.'

  • 69 Congresspersons vote to support TRC Recommendations

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    On the 10th January, 69 members of Congress signed a declaration stating that they would give priority attention to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) recommendations. The signatories included members from each different party.

  • Cocaine Figures Up

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    In its latest report (November 2006), the US Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) suggests that production of cocaine in Peru continues in the ascendant.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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