Articles

  • Communities protest at Las Bambas

    2 October 2015

    At the Las Bambas mine in Apurímac region on 28 September, there were protests against the operating plans of MMG, the Chinese owners of the mine. Roads were blocked, a truck and properties were burned, and an indefinite strike declared. Clashes with police brought three deaths.

  • Economic downturn poses questions for the future

    2 October 2015

    This year’s downturn in commodity prices, especially for minerals like copper, has taken the lustre off Peru’s recent economic achievements. This year growth will still be positive but it will be a far cry from the stellar rates of the past.

  • Freed MRTA leader causes stir

    26 September 2015

    After serving his 25-year prison sentence, Peter Cárdenas Schulte was freed on 22 September. He was first convicted following his capture in Lima in 1992 for being a leading member of the MRTA.

  • Private companies and the police: recent events in Espinar

    26 September 2015

    The issue of contracts between private companies and the police for security services has been a cause of grave concern now for several years, particularly with regard to the management of protest in the mining sector. The issue has arisen again in Espinar.

  • New poverty map

    26 September 2015

    The National Statistic Institute has recently published a new Poverty Map that reveals some interesting changes in the distribution of poverty since the last one in 2009.

  • JNE takes Congress to task over parties bill

    21 September 2015

    Faced with the imminence of next year’s general election, the issue of reform to the law governing political parties has gained salience in the Congress, but the draft produced by the congressional constitution commission has been criticised by the electoral authorities as well as specialist NGOs.

  • Corruption, drug trafficking and political 'smokescreens'

    21 September 2015

    Increasingly issues of party funding are becoming enmeshed in flows of money from organised crime while, as electioneering is stepped up, politicians of all colours become the subject of accusations of dodgy deals and media manipulation.

  • Shades of Right?

    21 September 2015

    If the opinion polls are to be believed, the most plausible candidates for next year’s presidential elections all agree on the same thing: the continuance of the economic model of neo-liberalism to which the government of Alberto Fujimori gave birth in the early 1990s.

  • Former vice-minister doubts 'miracle'

    12 September 2015

    José De Echave, formerly vice-minister of the environment under Ollanta Humala, and director of the NGO CooperAcción, has come out with a strongly-worded attack on the ‘flavour’ of announcement by the IMF and World Bank.

  • First Lady under fire

    12 September 2015

    Nadine Heredia Alarcón, the wife of President Ollanta Humala, has been under investigation and there have been repeated attempts to link her to Martín Belaunde Lossio. In the past weeks this questioning has intensified.

  • 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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