Articles

  • Ombudsman report points to deficiencies in control of illegal deforestation

    10 July 2017

    The expansion of palm oil and cacao production in the Amazon has been giving grave cause for concern in recent years. So the report on the impact of such crops on deforestation just issued by the Ombudsman’s office (Defensoría del Pueblo) is of considerable significance.

  • Will Zavala change course on the economy?

    1 July 2017

    One of the consequences of a minister departing is that disagreements, previously held in reserve, come to the fore. So it seems that the new minister of economy and finance, Fernando Zavala, had clashed with his predecessor, Alfredo Thorne, over macroeconomic policy.

  • Out of control?

    1 July 2017

    The comptroller-general, Edgar Alarcón, is at the centre of a major political row, following the drip-feed of recorded conversations between himself and key government ministers.

  • Amazon communities demand fresh consulta previa in Block 192

    25 June 2017

    Indigenous Amazon communities fear that the contamination that they have suffered could repeat itself once a new contract to develop oil in the conflict-ridden Block 192 comes into force. A statement issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mines on 22 June has done nothing to reassure them.

  • Fujimori pardon part of a political deal?

    25 June 2017

    Is the price to be paid for a truce in the war with the Fujimoristas in Congress the granting of a pardon to former president Alberto Fujimori? The question hit the headlines following the publication of an interview with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in The Economist that suggested that the time was ripe for Fujimori to be released. Kuczynski immediately sought to scotch the idea that this was a crude political trade-off.

  • Thorne hangs by a thread

    19 June 2017

    Alfredo Thorne’s future as minister of economy and finance hangs by a thread. Opposition politicians from both the right and the left suggested that a motion of censure would be presented before Congress either on Monday (19 June) or Tuesday. If this happens it will seriously ratchet up the constitutional conflict between the legislative and executive branches.

  • OEFA's future hinges on Court verdict

    19 June 2017

    The future of the Oficina de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental (OEFA) rests in the hands of the Constitutional Tribunal (TC), following an appeal lodged by the mining company Perubar, a subsidiary of Glencore. The company wants the TC to rule unconstitutional the payments that businesses must give to OEFA, and that OEFA should return the money that the company has paid hitherto.

  • Is social conflict in decline as the Defensoría suggests?

    19 June 2017

    Each month the Defensoría del Pueblo, the ombudsman’s office, publishes a tally of social conflicts. In the last few months, the Defensoría’s figures show a surprising fall in the number of conflicts regarded as ‘active’.

  • Deepening of divides within Fuerza Popular

    11 June 2017

    Divisions within the opposition Fujimoristas again became apparent last week. The Fuerza Popular (FP) party still controls Congress but it is suffering internal divisions. Last week, the protagonist of the latest scuffle was Patricia Donayre, representative for Loreto who had been given the job of coming up with proposals for a law on electoral reform.

  • Water doesn't come from your tap

    11 June 2017

    This is the title of the upcoming national meeting in Lima to discuss water issues, organised by a group of NGOs. The encounter will take place on 5-7 July; in preparation for it, 70 grassroots leaders from Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cuzco and Puno met in Cuzco at the beginning of June.

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    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. 

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    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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