• New cabinet brings gender parity

    18 March 2019

    On 10 March a new cabinet was sworn in, the second one put together by President Martín Vizcarra who will soon be a year in post. Seven new ministers were incorporated, all women, making this the second cabinet in Peru’s history to achieve gender parity.

  • Environment Impact Assessment for Petroleum Lot 64 in Loreto sent back to the drawing board

    18 March 2019

    Hard on the heels of its rejection of the EIA for the Hidrovia megaproject reported last week, the Ministry of Environment’s national certification agency, SENACE, has now turned its attention to Geopark.

  • Tambogrande back in the spotlight

    11 March 2019

    Proinversión, the government agency in charge of promoting and approving new investment projects, announced at the end of last month that a new US$350 million project, El Algarrobo, is under consideration.

  • Senace criticizes the Hidrovia project, again

    11 March 2019

    On March 6, Senace (Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles) issued a new notification declaring that the Ennvironmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the controversial Hidrovia project (see last week’s newsletter) was void on procedural grounds.

  • Political reform blueprint expected this week

    05 March 2019

    This week will see publication of the recommendations of a special commission of political scientists and electoral experts to introduce reforms to the country’s political institutions and its electoral rules.

  • Growth rated lifted by fourth quarter results

    05 March 2019

    The Peruvian economy grew by a fraction under 4% in 2018, according to figures published by the statistics office, INEI.

  • Oxfam points to increased poverty and inequality

    05 March 2019

    Growth notwithstanding, both poverty rates and levels of inequality have increased over the past two years according to the report by Oxfam released last week in Lima. The increases represent a reversal of the trend towards improved social conditions registered over the last 15 years.

  • FT highlights poor performance in mining worldwide

    24 February 2019

    The Financial Times has a useful article on Environment, Social, Governance issues for the extractive industries and another on BHP  advocating that tailings dams should have “nuclear levels” of safety measures and that the industry should insist on independent third-party monitoring of the safety of tailings dams around the world.

  • JNJ legislation promulgated

    24 February 2019

    On 18 February, President Vizcarra promulgated the new law creating the National Justice Board (JNJ). The JNJ replaces the defunct National Magistrates Council (CNM) as the entity responsible for appointing (and sacking) judges and prosecutors. The CNM was at the heart of the Callao corruption scandal that broke last year.

  • Meanwhile in Madre de Dios --

    24 February 2019

    Meanwhile, indigenous organisations in Madre de Dios have met to review progress since 2014 on implementing REDD+ Indígena Amazónica through current projects such as co-management of the 402,000 hectare Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.

  • 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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