• Mining companies in new bid to reverse tax that funds regulation

    17 May 2019

    Ley 30230 was introduced in 2014 and has been a source of controversy ever since. But now two companies, Cerro Verde and Perubar, have taken the matter to the Constitutional Tribunal declaring the tax unconstitutional and illegal.

  • Communique on HRDs welcomes protocol but expresses further concerns

    17 May 2019

    The PEP, CIDSE and CNCD-11.11.11 have issued a press release expressing their satisfaction about the adoption of the protocol for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Peru.

  • Executive and legislature clash over political reform agenda

    12 May 2019

    Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and Justice Minister Vicente Zevallos have accused Fuerza Popular (FP) and its allies in APRA of deliberately dragging their heels in pushing ahead with reforms to improve the workings of the political and justice systems. They have demanded that the congressional Constitution Commission give the reforms due priority.

  • An important consulta previa begins to move in Espinar

    12 May 2019

    On 10 May, a press release by FUCAE (Federación Unificada de Campesinos de Espinar Domingo Huarca Cruz) and the communities directly affected by the Antapaccay expansion at Tintaya put down a strong marker in regard to the prior consultation promised by the Minister of Energy and Mines on 22 April.

  • Partners at odds over delays in implementation of 2020 forest conservation and climate change mitigation goals

    05 May 2019

    Five years into the joint declaration of intent (DCI) between Peru, Norway and Germany on reduction of greenhouse gases and sustainable development, MINAM faced criticism from both civil society and donors at a joint planning meeting in Lima, 13 April.

  • Economics, sustainability and the human costs of mining

    05 May 2019

    The BBC aired an interesting and moving programme on the “the unending battle between economics and sustainability and its terrible human costs” in the context of the Brazilian disaster.

  • Monitoring the use of forestry resources

    29 April 2019

    At the end of last year, the public sector body OSINFOR, a key organisation in monitoring illegal logging, was moved from its adscription to the Council of Ministers to the Environment Ministry, a move initiated by the previous government and interpreted by some as a reaction to the organisation’s inconvenient effectiveness.

  • Resignation of Vice Minister of Energy and Mines

    29 April 2019

    On Friday 26 April the acceptance was announced of the resignation of Miguel Inchaustegui from the post he took up nearly a year ago as Vice Minister of Energy and Mines. Inchaustegui is retiring ‘for personal reasons’.

  • Kuczynski under arrest

    15 April 2019

    Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-18) was taken into custody on 10 April. This was a preliminary move, for ten days, in order to continue the investigation on possible wrong-doing linked to the mega-case of bribes given by the troubled Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

  • Sodalicio defamation case prompts legal storm

    15 April 2019

    On 9 April, in a court in Piura, Judge Judith Cueva Calle found journalist Pedro Salinas guilty of defamation charges for the publication of an article he wrote about the Archbishop of Piura, José Antonio Eguren.

  • 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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