• Legal Proceedings Against Monterrico Metals Settled

    20 July 2011

    Legal proceedings against UK-based Monterrico Metals PLC by 33 members of a peasant community in northern Peru were settled earlier today by compensation payments, without admission of liability. The claimants allege torture by the Peruvian police after protesting at Monterrico's Rio Blanco copper mine in Piura in August 2005. The events at Rio Blanco have been a key focus for the Peru Support Group in recent years and we welcome the payment of compensation to those who allegedly suffered mistreatment.

  • Peru News Summary: June 2011

    Peru News 066. 30 June 2011

    The Peru Support Group's monthly summary of the major news stories from Peru is now available. 

    This month: Humala prepares to assume office, social conflict escalates in Puno; Ayacucho’s government proposes model for conflict management; new legislation jeopardises corruption prosecutions; and congressmen come to blows over official’s election. 

  • Event Summary: Peru After the Elections

    24 June 2011

    On Wednesday 22 June, the Peru Support Group, CAFOD and Christian Aid hosted a panel discussion in the UK parliament to analyse the implications of Peru’s recent presidential election results. For a summary of the main points made by the speakers please click here.

  • Peru After the Elections: PSG Event

    08 June 2011

    Following a tightly-run contest, left-of-centre candidate Ollanta Humala narrowly defeated Keiko Fujimori on 5th June 2011 to become Peru’s next president. But what will the new administration look like and what will be the major political, economic and social challenges it is likely to face over the next five years?

    To analyse the implications of Humala’s victory for Anglo-Peruvian relations and for human rights and development in the country, the Peru Support Group, Christian Aid and CAFOD will be hosting a panel discussion in the UK parliament on 22nd June. Speakers will include:

    LORD AVEBURY (Chair) - President of the Peru Support Group

    PAULO DRINOT - Senior Lecturer, Latin America (Institute for the Study of the Americas)

    ÁLVARO GARCÍA - Campaigner, South America Team (Amnesty International)

    FIONA CLOUDER - South America Head (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

    EMMA REYNOLDS MP - Shadow Foreign Office Minister (Labour)

    This is a public event and all are welcome to attend. The event will be held in Committee Room 4a of the Palace of Westminister (SW1A 0AA) from 4pm till 6pm. You should use St Stephen's entrance and allow 20 minutes to pass through parliament security.

    For further details, or to register for the event, please e-mail

  • Peru's Presidential Elections: The Results

    07 June 2011

    On June 5 Peruvians returned to the ballot box for the second-round of the 2011 presidential elections. In the running were Ollanta Humala, a left-of-centre candidate and former army officer, and Keiko Fujimori, the highly conservative daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori (1990 – 2000). With just over 94% of votes counted, Ollanta Humala has emerged as the victor, gaining 51.6% of all valid votes cast.

  • Peru News Summary: May 2011

    Peru News 065. 31 May 2011

    The Peru Support Group's monthly summary of the major news stories from Peru is now available. 

    This month: Electoral polls favour Keiko's candidacy, Humala seeks to win over voters with a new manifesto, the UN criticises Peru for failing to combat modern slavery, communities in Puno launch protests against mining projects, and a Peruvian expert warns of the creeping political influence of drug-traffickers.

  • Spanish Speakers Sought for Translation Work

    09 May 2011

    Leigh Day, the law firm representing the alleged victims in the Majaz / Monterrico Metals case, is currently seeking assistance with the translation of documents in preparation for the trial in the UK in October. The firm is ideally looking for native English speakers with a high standard of Spanish to translate witness statements from Spanish to English as soon as possible. Translators can work remotely and will be renumerated at a rate of 4p per word. If you are interested, please e-mail with details of your availability, a brief outline of your work history and level of Spanish.

  • Fujimori and Humala Win First Round Vote of Presidential Elections

    13 April 2011

    10 April saw nationwide elections in Peru to determine who will govern the country when incumbent President Alan García’s term ends in July. The final tally of votes put Ollanta Humala in first place with approximately 32 percent of the vote. He was followed by Keiko Fujimori with 23.5 percent, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 18.5 percent and former President Alejandro Toledo with just under 16 percent. Luis Castañeda, the ex-mayor of Lima who started the campaign as favourite for the presidency, polled less than 10 percent. As no candidate won an absolute majority of votes the top two-polling candidates, Humala and Fujimori, will face each other in a second round vote on 5 June.

  • 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.

  • 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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