• UN questions traditional coca uses

    Update 126. 31 March 2008

    In March, the UN's International Narcotics Control Board recommended banning coca chewing and the use of coca in mass-consumption products such as tea in Peru and Bolivia.

  • Río Blanco Fined

    Update 126. 31 March 2008

    In late February, the Peruvian government's Supervisory Board for Investment in the Energy Sector (OSINERGMIN) imposed a sanction on Monterrico Metals' Río Blanco copper mine project. This was due to the failure to comply with promises made in their environmental evaluation, including a failure to implement measures to control erosion.

  • US Backs Trade Pact With Peru

    Update 125. 31 January 2008

    The US Senate has finally approved a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru. It is the first trade agreement that President Bush has managed to get through Congress since the Democrats took control in January 2007.

  • The EU and the CAN

    Update 124. 30 November 2007

    With the next round of negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the Andean Community (CAN) scheduled to take place in Brussels on December 10th-14th, the Andean countries are under pressure to define a common negotiating position.

  • As the dust settles: The earthquake and its implications

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    On August 15th 2007, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the Richter Scale struck Peru. The epicentre was 25 miles northwest of Chincha Alta, 90 miles south of Lima, in the department of Ica.

  • Fujimori trial to start this year

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori will stand trial in November on charges of human rights abuses. The trial will focus on the cases of Barrios Altos (1991) and La Cantuta (1992).

  • Extradited Fujimori sent back to Peru

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    On Friday 21 September 2007, Chile's Supreme Court made public its ruling in favour of the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for two charges of human rights violations and five for corruption. He was sent back to Peru the following day.

  • Chilean judge denies Fujimori's extradition to Peru

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    International human rights organisations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed their dismay at Chilean Judge Orlando Alvarez's ruling made on July 11th denying Peru's request for the extradition of its former President Alberto Fujimori to face charges for human rights violations and corruption.

  • 'Popular Consultation' on the Río Blanco Project confirmed

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    Authorities representing the communities closest to the Río Blanco mining project in the province of Piura have announced that a local referendum will be held on September 16th 2007 to decide whether or not they are in favour of Minera Majaz's (Monterrico Metals) proposed mine.

  • Coca Cultivation Increases in Peru, According to White House Report

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) estimates a 17% increase in coca cultivation and cocaine production potential when compared to similar survey areas assessed during 2005, and a 25% increase when including survey areas assessed for the first time in 2006.

  • 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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