• Campesinos succeed! - The Expansion of One of the Biggest Mines in Peru Will Not Go Ahead

    31 January 2005

    The Peruvian National Human Rights Coordinator's Ángel Escobar Jurado award was given to Father Marco Arana in December, in recognition of his work as the mediator of dialogue between the local community of Cajamarca and mining company Minera Yanacocha.

  • Robbers Killed by Mob in Peru's Andes

    31 January 2005

    A mob of 300 people killed two men they accused of robbing a local merchant in a central Andean town.

  • Bill Rammell FCO Minister for Latin America Visits Peru

    31 January 2005

    “My visit to Peru is a first.” he said ahead of his two day visit, “British companies have long invested in Peru, and the UK attaches great importance to helping Peru enhance its economic growth within the region.”

  • The Fujimori Extradition Campaign Goes Global

    30 November 2004

    The campaign to extradite the former president Alberto Fujimori has intensified. Fransisco Soberón, secretary of the National Coordinator for Human Rights (CNDDHH), stated that they were preparing to follow a new strengthened strategy.

  • Peru Joins Forces With G8

    30 November 2004

    Peru and members of the G8 countries have announced their plan to make a pact to "promote transparency and combat corruption". The G8 'compact' states, "Peru and the G8 share the view that corruption is a threat to democratic institutions, economic development and to the integrity of the international system of trade and investment."

  • Toledo Gets Angry at Accusation of Corruption

    30 November 2004

    President Alejandro was accused of corruption on a live TV news programme. A few minutes later, live on air, the show took a call from Toledo himself, who launched a furious verbal attack on the presenter. He then called the host a coward before hanging up.

  • Coca Farmers Protest at Forced Crop Eradication

    30 November 2004

    At the beginning of this month massive protests broke out in San Gaban, Puno. 'Cocaleros' were protesting at the forced eradication of their crops and tried to occupy a hydroelectric dam. They have accused the police of taking advantage of the situation and setting fire to their camps while they were protesting.

  • Protests and Strikes in Cajamarca Halt Exploration at Yanacocha Gold Mine

    30 September 2004

    Yanacocha, the largest gold mine in Latin America, began scaling back its operations when protests and local strikes against expansion broke out in Cajamarca. There were violent clashes between local residents and police and security forces.

  • Camisea Gas Arrives in Lima

    30 September 2004

    Twenty years ago natural gas was discovered deep in the Amazon jungle. In August, President Alejandro Toledo inaugurated the US$1.6bn project to pipe it across the Andes and up the Pacific coast to Lima. The reserves are expected to bring in US$8 bn over the next 40 years and create 14,000 new jobs.

  • Social Forum of the Americas (FSA)

    30 September 2004

    The FSA took place in Quito, Ecuador. Organisers estimate that 10,000 people from the region, as well as special guests from other continents, attended. Campaigners from more than 45 nations took part.

  • 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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