Articles

  • Candidates less than explicit on key social and environmental issues

    12 June 2016

    What were the key issues in the election from a social and environmental perspective? What did the two second round candidates have to say about these? What are the challenges that lie ahead for the next government?

  • The election: what's left?

    6 June 2016

    In many ways, the Peruvian election has proved a shot in the arm for the Peruvian left. It is by far the best electoral result for the left in the last 30 years

  • Analysis of first round voting

    6 June 2016

    We include a reference here to a very useful article published in the Washington Post by Tomás Dosek and Martiza Paredes on the background to the second round.

  • Camisea: Report slams its social impacts

    6 June 2016

    In a piece written for The Guardian, David Hill picks up on an annual report written by a panel of experts on impacts at the Camisea gasfields.

  • Keiko under sustained attack over Ramírez drug scandal

    30 May 2016

    With one week to go until the second round, Keiko Fujimori continues to be surrounded by problematic figures. The scandal of Joaquín Ramírez has now escalated to include her vice-presidential candidate and spokesman, José Chlimper.

  • Bad week for Keiko

    22 May 2016

    --- Fuerza Popular boss steps aside over drug allegations

    --- Keiko and husband under investigation

    --- Death in Puno

  • Rapporteurs take up indigenous rights issues

    16 May 2016

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,  the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste, and the Inter-American Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all met in Lima last week to take part in an international seminar on indigenous peoples and international trade.

  • The battle for the 12%

    16 May 2016

    With only twenty days to go to the second round vote, it is still not clear who will finally win the presidential elections. On 13 May pollsters CPI gave Keiko Fujimori a five-point lead in their latest poll. On 15 May, Ipsos-Apoyo had them neck-to-neck at 44.1% to 43.8%, with 12.1% still undecided. Irrespective of which poll provides a better reflection of reality, these are the 12% that Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski need to convince.

  • Tanaka's election take

    7 May 2016

    The election campaign has been full of surprises, and more may be in store. This was the central message of a talk given by Martín Tanaka to Peruvian students in Oxford this week. Polls still put Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori neck and neck in voter preferences. A GfK poll this week put Kuczynski marginally ahead with 50.1% to Keiko’s 49.9%.

  • Election of an ombudsman

    7 May 2016

    Once again Congress is scheduled to make a final vote on a new human rights Ombudsman, this time on 18 May. The preliminaries being over, Congress has proposed two candidates for the position: the sitting interim Ombudsman, Eduardo Vega, and the jurist and former member of both the National Council of Magistrates (CNM) and the National Jury of Elections (JNE), Gastón Soto Vallenas.

  • 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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