NEWS

  • Petroperu to face large bill for remediation in the Amazon

    16 February 2019

    Environmental and health remediation costs are set to soar as Petroperú prepares to take over Block 192 in northern Amazonia in September on a 40-year concession. This will follow a prior consultation process in progress with the largely indigenous population.

  • Forestry initiatives will stimulate debate as to means and ends

    10 February 2019

    In an effort to stimulate sustainable timber production, restore degraded land, and improve information on the country’s diminishing timber reserves, the Forestry Service (SERFOR), a dependency of the Ministry of Agriculture, has announced pilot initiatives.

  • Coca and corruption

    10 February 2019

    A recent article by Jaime Antezana draws attention to the linkages between drug manufacture, corruption and the ongoing presence of terrorist organisations in places like the valleys of the rivers Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro on the borders between Cuzco and Ayacucho regions.

  • JNJ law passes Congress

    03 February 2019

    After months of delay and much congressional wrangling, the law replacing the suspended National Magistrates Council (CNM) was finally passed on 1 February. It brings into being the National Justice Board (Junta Nacional de Justicia, JNJ).

  • Lessons from Brumadinho

    03 February 2019

    The catastrophic failure of the Vale tailings dam in Brazil, the second in three years, is a test for worldwide mining industry.

  • Cipriani bows out, Castillo replaces him

    26 January 2019

    On 25 January, Juan Luis Cipriani bowed out as archbishop of Lima, a post he has occupied for 20 years. He is replaced by Carlos Castillo, a Lima diocesan priest.

  • Oil palm expansion puts forest, communities at risk

    26 January 2019

    Communities in Loreto and Ucayali regions stand firm in their opposition to the expansion of large-scale oil palm plantations which, they say, violate their land rights. They have sought international help.

  • OEFA moves to curb contamination

    19 January 2019

    Peru's Agency for Environmental Assessment and Inspection (OEFA), the government agency responsible of monitoring the environment and imposing sanctions, moved last week to impose controls on two foreign mining companies.

  • CGTP protests against labour liberalisation policies

    19 January 2019

    The Confederación General de Trabajo del Perú (CGTP), Peru’s largest and oldest labour confederation, organised protest marches in Lima and other regional centres last week in protest at the government’s plans to legislate changes ostensibly designed to raise Peru’s competitiveness.

  • CNDH launches campaign to highlight role of human rights defenders

    19 January 2019

    The Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) has just launched their latest campaign to highlight the importance of the work carried out by human rights defenders.

  • 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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