• 21 October 2017

    Mining: unconvincing efforts at consultation in Espinar

    The huge copper enterprise in Espinar now comprises Tintaya, Antapaccay and Coroccohuayco. It has had a bad history in terms of environmental impacts and the resulting conflicts. The history here has been bedevilled by a lack of clear documentation of base lines etc. So, as the company moves to secure the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the extension of its operations to Coroccohuayco, one would expect great care to be taken in securing a sound evaluation of the environmental impact and in winning community consent. Instead, the process seems mired, yet again, in poor transparency, bad communications, and lack of credibility.

  • 21 October 2017

    Mestizaje and the census

    On 22 October, every Peruvian household should have received and filled in a census form. This document will provide crucial information to the authorities. The inclusion this time of ethnic background is an innovation. As well as asking people what their original language was (Spanish, Quechua, Aymara etc), the census asks people to identify their ethnicity.

  • 21 October 2017

    Lima, a dangerous city in which to be a woman

    Lima is the fifth most dangerous mega-city in which to be a woman according to a study by the Thompson Reuters Foundation. The study surveyed 380 experts in women’s issues in the world’s 19 biggest megacities, to assess how well women are protected and have access to services..

  • 15 October 2017

    Demus presents new evidence on forced sterilisations

    Just as the public prosecutor considers whether or not to pursue the judicial investigations into cases of forced sterilisation, Demus has come up with new evidence on how women were deceived into giving their assent to procedures involved.


  • . 21 October 2017

    Mining and deforestation; new research

    A new study has been published on the impact of mining on deforestation. Although the study focuses on Brazil, some lessons can be gleaned that are appropriate to Peru. Satellite data show that mining sites in the Brazilian Amazon jungle have a disproportionate effect on the reduction of forest cover in a 70 km radius of mining activity.

  • . 21 October 2017

    Mirtha Vásquez talks to the PSG about the criminalisation of protest

    This year’s annual PSG conference had the keynote speech by Mirtha Vázquez, a woman human rights defender who works for Grufides in Cajamarca. Grufides has been at the centre of disputes in this region between communities and large mining operations, notably Yanacocha. The subject of her speech was the criminalisation of human rights defenders and community leaders

  • . 21 October 2017

    Anti-corruption recommendations largely ignored

    The government announced the formation of an ‘integrity commission’ to come up with suggestions of how to root out corruption in government. The commission, presided over by Eduardo Vega, the former acting ombudsman, came up with 100 suggestions of what needed to be done. A recent survey conducted jointly by Transparencia, Proética, the Pacific University and the Catholic University shows that of these 100 suggestions, only 13 have been properly implemented and another 17 only partially.

  • . 15 October 2017

    APRA seeks to block competition

    Mauricio Mulder, one of the five Aprista representatives in Congress, has presented a bill which seeks to prevent parties without official inscription for at least three years prior from participating in elections. It seems to enjoy the support of APRA’s allies in Fuerza Popular.

Featured Notices

  • 16 September 2017

    Peru Support Group Annual Conference, AGM and EGM

    Conference: “Criminalisation of protest in Peru'

    Guest speaker via Skype Mirtha Vásquez (Grufides, Cajamarca). Workshop panels will address the current political situation in Peru, human rights defenders and their predicament, women activists and development, land grabs and land rights in Amazonia and the future of education reforms

    AGM: Annual Report, election of officers
    EGM: Proposal to apply again to be a charity.

    Held at the Global Governance Institute, UCL, 29-31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU
    14 October 2017
    Registration starts 10.30am (not 10am as previously stated)


  • 31 October 2016

    Annual Report: 2016/2017

    The PSG's annual report for 2016/2017 is now available. Thanks to all our members for their continued support throughout the year. See what your subscriptions have helped to fund by clicking on the link below.

  • 08 May 2013

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  • 14 June 2013

    Membership discount

    A 10% discount is now available on annual membership fees for all supporters who pay by standing order. For further details of the benefits of membership and information on how to join please click on the link below.

  • 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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