• Amid economic boom, majority of rural Peruvians face poverty

    26 May 2013

    Peru's poverty rate is falling but one in five lives on under $2 a day in rural areas, as divisions between cities and indigenous populations in the highlands and Amazon persist.

  • Obituary: Javier Diez Canseco

    05 May 2013

    It is with profound grief that we learn of the death of Javier Diez Canseco. As many will know, Javier has been battling against a virulent cancer for the last three months. Few in Peruvian public life have been so consistent in their support for human rights and democratic values as Javier. He has pursued such issues with a dogged determination that is not common among politicians. He combined strong political convictions with a spirit of genuine personal humanity.

  • Warning on 'police privatisation' in Peru

    28 March 2013

    Relations between the police and private companies are putting human rights at risk, according to leading civil society figures.

  • Human Rights Watch flags impunity and new curbs on rights

    15 March 2013

    New legislation could undermine international human rights standards, according to Human Rights Watch, which also criticised widespread impunity for abuses.

  • Minas Conga referendum plans disputed

    08 March 2013

    Authorities have rejected attempts to mount a referendum on the Conga gold and copper mine in Cajamarca, northern Peru.

  • Legal bid to protect isolated indigenous groups

    08 February 2013

     Indigenous organisations have announced legal action aimed at halting the expansion of the Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Trade agreement 'risks human rights'

    07 February 2013

    Free trade agreements signed in December between the European Union and Peru, Colombia and six Central American nations risk human rights and money laundering, say critics.

  • Canaris: clashes as rejected mine considered

    04 February 2013

    In what was dubbed the first conflict of 2013, police broke up a blockade of the proposed Cañariaco mining project in Cañaris, Lambayeque, northern Peru. The community had rejected the project when consulted last September, concerned about its impacts on water, forests and agriculture, their principal source of income.

  • PSG Welcomes New President and Vice President

    03 December 2012

    At the Annual General Meeting on 17th November 2012, Lord Avebury formally stood down as Peru Support Group president after ten years in the role. Baroness Coussins and Rosemary Thorp CBE were voted in on the same day as president and vice president, respectively. We are very pleased to welcome both to their new positions.

  • Event: Peru and the Persistence of Inequality

    01 November 2012


    This year's annual conference will see Peruvian and European academics and development professionals come together to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality in Peru. It will feature analysis of a wide range of issues, including the effectiveness of state social programmes, distribution of mining profits, and the link between poverty and increased coca cultivation.

  • 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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