• Ministerial crisis grips Peru

    24 March 2014

    On February 24, Prime Minister César Villanueva, resigned. The move was triggered by First Lady Nadine Heredia’s denial that there would be any debate over the minimum wage. Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla agreed with Heredia, and Villanueva left saying he could not remain in post if there were ‘parallel powers’.

  • The death penalty returns to the political agenda

    24 March 2014

    Former president Alan García has once again called for the introduction of the death penalty in Peru for homicides connected to organised crime. This follows the highly publicised murder of the son of Carlos Burgos Horna, the mayor of San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima.


  • Protesters against Tia Maria mine sentenced to prison

    28 February 2014

    Six local leaders face four-years' detention for opposition to the copper project, which was suspended in 2011 over UN environmental concerns.

  • Prime Minister quits after losing fight to raise minimum wage

    25 February 2014

    Finance Minister and First Lady's blocking of move comes after a hike in ministerial pay, leading to questions about commitment to tackling inequality. 

  • Miners call another strike for new formalisation process

    24 February 2014

    Efforts to halt water pollution and deforestation by the informal mining sector face delays and grassroots opposition.

  • Local opposition to Majes Siguas dam mounts

    24 February 2014

    Urban residents and farmers from Espinar, Cusco, say their efforts to convince authorities to pursue alternatives are not succeeding, and fear their water supplies will be adversely affected.

  • Forced sterilisation case against Fujimori closed

    30 January 2014

    Women's rights groups vow to fight a decision not to bring charges against former leaders 'responsible' for operating on thousands of women without consent.

  • Security reform condemned as 'license to kill'

    27 January 2014

    International bodies and human rights advocates have united in condemnation of a law that they say will allow police officers to kill with impunity.

  • Alan Garcia corruption probe concludes

    22 January 2014

    Lengthy congressional investigation recommends charges against ex-president and latest report finds indications of criminality among former officials.

  • Xstrata Tintaya fined for pollution around mine

    14 January 2014

    Regulator levies penalty on mining company after copper levels in surrounding pastures were found to far exceed safe limits.

  • 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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