• Capture of Orellano; Journalist killed; No to impunity for security forces' violations

    15 November 2014

    The capture in Cali, Colombia, of Rodolfo Orellano, is an important advance in the struggle against corruption in Peru. Orellano has been now been expelled from Colombia and imprisoned in Peru.

    Fernando Raymondi, aged 22 and a trainee journalist with the weekly news magazine Caretas, was killed by unknown assailants in Cañete, south of Lima.

    Family members of victims of human rights violations by some in the security forces staged a demonstration outside the Palace of Justice on November 14.

  • Cajamarca death brings call for an end to police impunity; WOLA calls for no revision of Fujimori verdict

    12 November 2014

    The killing of Fidel Flores in Cajamarca at the end of October has reignited the debate over whether the police force is out of control.  

    The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has called for the request by Alberto Fujimori’s legal team for a revision of the former president’s sentence to be ignored


    16 October 2014

    11am, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

  • POLITICS: Regional and local elections reveal deep divisions

    14 October 2014

    The results of the elections held on October 5 once again revealed deep divisions in Peru.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: Indigenous rights

    28 September 2014

    In September, the Directorate General for External Policies of the European Parliament published its second research paper on indigenous people and human rights. The latest paper highlights the disproportionate effects of extractive industries on indigenous communities worldwide.

  • POLITICS: Regional/municipal elections: a vote for corruption?

    28 September 2014

    As the mayoral and regional elections on October 5 loom, the race for the mayor of Lima seems to be a shoo-in for Luis Castañeda Lossio. In her nearly four years in post, incumbent Susana Villarán has been unable to fend accusations of incompetence.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: New Plan does little to allay doubts

    28 September 2014

    On July 7 2014, the Peruvian government approved a new National Plan for Human Rights 2014-2016.The publication of the plan follows two years of consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including domestic and international human rights organisations and the Peruvian human rights ombudsman

  • EXTRACTIVES: Anti-Corruption rules for extractives companies

    28 September 2014

    In August the UK Business Minister announced that Britain was on track to implement the EU Accounting Directive by the end of 2014. The Accounting Directive obliges extractive companies to publish accounts of the payments made to governments around the world for access to natural resources

  • POLITICS: Humala down, but not quite out; Local elections: some candidates barred, others not

    31 August 2014

    July ended with a clash between the executive and the legislature over the ruling Gana Perú’s attempt to appoint one of its own – Ana Solórzano – as the president of Congress for the forthcoming legislature. August ended with an even greater row over the ratification of a new prime minister, Ana Jara, and her cabinet, and the possibility of votes of censure against key ministers.

    The most outstanding issue in the current elections are the proliferation of candidates supported by hastily devised political groups and the fact that some are being prevented from running either for lying in their CVs or being financed by illicit groups.

  • POLITICS: Narco-candidates

    31 August 2014

    Many candidates are being accused of being financed by the drug trade. On August 12, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti handed the JNE a list of 124 candidates with supposed links to the drug trade.

  • 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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