Articles

  • Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia jailed

    16 July 2017

    In a bold and unprecedented move on13 July, the public prosecutor’s office demanded the imprisonment of the former president and first lady to prevent the possibility of them fleeing the country. The following day they were both taken into custody for a maximum period of 18 months, and are now in prison.

  • Further rifts divide Peru's parties

    16 July 2017

    It was the week of splintering parties. Both APRA and the left saw rifts confirmed, rifts that had much more to do with personal struggles for power than any ideological differences.

  • Rural communities meet to discuss solutions to water scarcity

    10 July 2017

    The holding of a conference to debate alternatives which would help those at the bottom of the heap with respect to water is an important initiative. ‘Water Doesn’t Come out of the Tap: Look Upstream’ was the title of the get-together of small-scale rural water users from all over Peru, and it took place last week from 5 to 7 July in Lima.

  • 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.

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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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