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17 March 2011
The first round of Peru’s presidential elections, in which the incumbent Alan García is constitutionally prevented from standing, is scheduled for 10th April 2011. Despite the proximity of the vote the political agendas of the main contenders are, at times, somewhat difficult to discern. Campaigning has largely revolved around personalities, while the media has preferred to focus on the candidates’ alliances with alleged drug-traffickers and/or human rights violators. To help British politicans navigate their way round the various contenders the PSG and CAFOD produced the following summary of the candidates, their poll ratings (as at 7 Mar) and a brief overview of their background and policy proposals. We then circulated it to all members of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Peru and Latin America.
09 February 2011
Peru will begin to pay individual monetary reparations to victims and survivors of the 1980-2000 counterinsurgency war, with top priority put on elderly people in remote villages in the country's impoverished highlands, where most of the human rights violations took place.
23 January 2011
Mercedes Aráoz, candidate of the ruling American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party, announced on 23rd January that she was withdrawing from the presidential race.
04 January 2011
PERU & LATIN AMERICA: SIGNS OF CHANGE?
Lord Avebury chaired a successful annual conference for the PSG on Saturday 27 November 2010. Speakers included:
Javier Diez Canseco - a leading Peruvian political analyst and former member of Congress;
Jose de Echave - head of collective rights and extractives industries at Lima-based NGO CooperAccion;
Jelke Boesten - senior lecturer in social development and human security at the University of Leeds;
Cath Collins - associate professor of politics at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile and;
Camilo Tovar - European coordinator at ALOP, an association of development focused NGOs in Latin America and the Carribean.
To view our speakers' presentations please click on the links below:
28 December 2010
A decade after the end of Peru's 20-year counterinsurgency war was officially declared, the army broke its silence, to give its own version of events.
The report, "In Honour of the Truth", based on dispatches by officers involved in combat missions, contradicts the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR), which issued a lengthy report on the 1980-2000 armed conflict in 2003, based principally on the testimony of survivors and relatives of victims.
28 September 2010
The Peru Support Group rejects in the strongest possible terms the suggestion that it has at any time had a connection with any terrorist group.
15 September 2010
Amnesty International has welcomed the Peruvian president's decision to revoke a new law which could grant amnesties to military personnel alleged to have committed human rights violations during the country's 1980 – 2000 internal armed conflict.
13 September 2010
Members of the Peru Europe Platform (PEP) join with the Peruvian National Coordinator of Human Rights (CNDDHH) and strongly express their concern regarding the package of laws approved by the Peruvian government, under powers given to them by Congress regarding police and military matters.
Update 140. 17 August 2010
Several indigenous groups and human rights organisations have expressed their disappointment at President Alan García's refusal to enact the so-called Law of Consultation (Ley de Consulta) which would give indigenous communities greater say in the development of either oil or mining projects on their lands.
Peru News 057. 17 August 2010
Since coming into force on 1 February 2009, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between the US and Peru appears to have brought few benefits to the Andean nation, according a column by Pedro Francke, an economist at Lima's La Católica University, for Peruvian newspaper La Primera.