• Two dead, several injured in clashes in Puno

    15 April 2019

    Interior Minister Carlos Morán has been asked to appear before Congress on 15 April to clarify events in San Gabán, Puno, last week in which two farmers were killed and several wounded.

  • Rights of communities to bring legal challenges in UK courts

    15 April 2019

    Over the years the PSG has noted cases where problems in the Peruvian mining industry associated with relations with communities have finished up in the UK courts. The UK Supreme Court has just issued its decision on the admissibility of bringing an action in the UK courts by Zambian villagers

  • Deal announced over Las Bambas

    08 April 2019

    On 7 April, as we went to press, it was announced that an agreement had been struck between the leaders of the community of Fuerabambas, the Chinese company that owns La Bambas, and government negotiators headed by Prime Minister Salvador del Solar. The meeting was hosted by the Bishops Conference in Lima which appears to have played a decisive role in bringing the community, the company and the state together.

  • Primer Minister addresses Congress, wins confidence vote

    08 April 2019

    The new president of the Council of Ministers sought the endorsement of Congress on 4 April for his cabinet’s programme of activity. Under the constitution, a new cabinet is obliged to seek a vote of confidence within 30 days of being sworn in.

  • Parliamentarians in trouble

    08 April 2019

    Several investigations gather pace in Congress, as the immunity from judicial prosecution is on the verge of being rescinded in the case of several members.


  • Julio Cotler dies at 86

    08 April 2019

    It was with deep regret that we learnt last week of the death of Julio Cotler.

  • A week of conflict in Las Bambas

    01 April 2019

    The past week the conflict over mining operations at Las Bambas copper mine reached new heights. Tensions mounted over the detention on 21 March of the president of the community of Fuerabamba and a community leader over charges of extortion.

  • Dialogue and human rights in the mining sector: a PSG publication

    23 March 2019

    This week the Peru Support Group with Idehpucp launched its report entitled ‘Dialogue and Human Rights in the Mining Sector: Learning from Peru’. Through the lens of projects that have involved dialogue between mining companies and communities affected by mining, it seeks to draw some broad conclusions about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice.

  • Shipibo leader spells out dangers for indigenous environment defenders in Madre de Dios

    23 March 2019

    Julio Cusurichi won a Goldman Environmental Award for leading a successful campaign to create a legally recognised territory of 8,300 square kilometres for the Mashco Piro, an Amazonian group. Having helped set up a network of indigenous forest monitors and defended this reserve when the government gave up, Cusurichi has found protecting territory an increasingly difficult challenge with illegal miners, loggers and drug traffickers presenting an existential threat to the indigenous people of the region.

  • Gonzalo Portocarrero

    23 March 2019

    It was with great sadness that we learnt this last week of the death of Gonzalo Portocarrero, a leading Peruvian sociologist.

  • 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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