• Womankind Presents an Evening with its Peruvian Partners

    18 March 2011

    Womankind will be hosting an opening evening with its Peruvian partner organisations on Thursday 7th April between 6pm and 7:45pm.

    Romy Garcia and Jessennia Casani from the Institute for the Defence of Women's Rights (DEMUS) will discuss their work addressing the aftermath of sexual violence against women during Peru's armed conflict. This will be followed by a presentation from the Ica Women's Federation (FEPROMU) on their efforts to tackle the stigma of HIV and AIDS and protecting the employment rights of female agricultural workers.

    Venue: Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. For further information contact Adrian Gannon at

  • PSG and CAFOD Circulate Briefing on Peru's Presidential Elections to Parliamentarians

    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.

  • IPS: At Last, Reparations for Civil War Victims

    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.

  • Presidential Hopeful Withdraws Candidacy

    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


    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:

    EU - Andean Community Free Trade Agreement - Camilo Tovar
    Overview of the Peruvian Mining Sector (Spanish language) - Jose de Echave

  • IPS: Army's Version of Civil War Events Questioned

    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.

  • Peru Support Group Responds to Lourdes Flores' Comments

    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.

  • Amnesty International: Peru revokes law denying justice for victims of past crimes

    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.

  • PEP Statement: Peru Takes a Step Backwards on Human Rights

    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.

  • Alan Garcia

    Garcia Rejects Consultation Law

    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.

  • 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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