Articles

  • Environment Ministry protests at being sidelined on hydrocarbons policy

    1 September 2018

    With the new law on hydrocarbons now close to a final vote in Congress, there are growing concerns that environmental protection is being sidelined in the quest for investment. Environment Minister Fabiola Muñoz expressed her view that her department would not be able to put forward its views as the body responsible for maintaining environmental standards.

  • Former ECLAC head warns of dangers ahead for Peru

    18 August 2018

    In a wide-ranging interview published in the La República newspaper, José Antonio Ocampo, formerly the head of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, points to the need for Peru further to diversify its economy.

  • Judicial corruption laid bare

    18 August 2018

    The scale of judicial corruption in Peru has become ever clearer over the last few weeks. The leaked transcripts of taped conversations involving senior members of the judiciary laid bare details of decisions being made for favours, monetary and other. Subsequent police investigation has provided further evidence of brazen corruption.

  • Lithium project in Puno raises thorny issues

    18 August 2018

    A Canadian exploration company, Plateau Energy Metals, has announced the discovery of an estimated 2.5 million tons of hard-rock lithium carbonate in Puno. It says that this could turn into one of the world’s largest lithium mines.

  • Defensoría complains over MEF's indifference towards gender violence

    18 August 2018

    The Ombudsman’s office (the Defensoría del Puebo), whose function is to stand up for the interests of ordinary people against the state, has issued a blistering comment on the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) for the wholly inadequate budget allotted to gender protection. According the Ombusdman, Walter Gutiérrez, only 0.1% of the budget is allotted to this end.

  • EU Commissioner pens terse letter to Peru on implementing sustainable development accords

    11 August 2018

    The Plataforma Europa Perú (PEP), of which the Peru Support Group is an active member, last week issued the text of a note in which it welcomed the response of the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, to the Peruvian government over implementation of agreements on sustainable development. The commissioner’s letter is dated 30 July.

  • Judicial reform runs into resistance

    11 August 2018

    On 10 August, the permanent commission in Congress in charge of deciding the timetable for the sub-committee of constitutional accusations to investigate wrong doing by Judge César Hinostroza and other CNM members was unable to meet for the lack of a quorum. Only nine of its 30 members turned up.

  • 'Best practice' and poor practice

    11 August 2018

    There are many important dimensions to 'best practice' when a mining company is trying to negotiate its way into a community where it will need to work for a number of years. Two of the most crucial concern the environmental impact assessments (EIAs), and the existence of diverse and possibly conflicting interests among the people who live in places surrounding the mine.The prior study of environmental impacts lies at the heart of the first of these.

  • Corruption scandals deepen

    5 August 2018

    The scandal that has engulfed Peruvian politics continued to deepen last week as audios of conversations surfaced involving prominent Fujiimorista Congressman Héctor Becerril.

  • Root and branch judicial reform urged by top academic

    5 August 2018

    Eduardo Dargent from Lima’s Catholic University (PUCP) is someone who has long studied the Peruvian judiciary. His opinion piece, published in La República on 4 August, is worth reading. In it, he traces the nature of judicial corruption back to the 1980s and how it has developed since

  • 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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