NEWS

  • 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.

  • Amnesty International Call for Urgent Action

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    AI report that Father Marco Arana and Dr Mirtha Vasquez Chuquilin of the NGO GRUFIDES that focuses on sustainable development and environmental issues, have allegedly received repeated death threats and have been followed and filmed both at work and at home.

  • Peruvian NGO attacked for promoting transparency

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    A Peruvian civil rights NGO has been accused of interfering with justice even as new evidence emerges of continuing high-level corruption.

  • Protests at Peruís biggest goldmine

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    At a time when mining in Peru is facing international scrutiny, a protest at the massive Yanacocha Gold mine halted operations for at least 24 hours. The demonstration by members of the local community was the result of a lack of local employment and investment by the mine; protesters were demanding local jobs and social spending.

  • British Council leave Peru

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    In a surprising move, the long established British Council (BC) in Lima will be closing its doors for the last time on 29th September.

  • Ex-Ambassador appointed chairman of Monterrico Metals

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    The British Ambassador to Peru 2003-06, Richard Ralph, who retired in April of this year, was a vociferous supporter of UK mining in Peru during his appointment.

  • Montesinos sentenced to 20 years in prison

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, has been found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in jail for his involvement in the sale of ten-thousand assault rifles to Colombia's largest left-wing guerrilla group, FARC, seven years ago.

  • US-Peruvian Free Trade Agreement

    31 July 2006

    US President Bush's visit to his Andean counterparts (Peru's Toledo, Colombia's Urribe and Ecuador's Gutierrez) in May 2004 brought unexpected news about the ATPA (Andean Trade Preference Act). The Andean nations were already enjoying preferential trade with the US through a programme aimed at helping countries on the front line of the so called war on drugs (ATPDEA). However, the agreement expires at the end of this year.

  • 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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