Articles

  • Peru flooding causes widespread destruction, mayhem

    19 March 2017

    Landslides and flooding this last week have created new levels of destruction, as numerous rivers broke their banks, spilling out into vulnerable communities, washing away transport infrastructure and interrupting water supplies for millions of people. Probably the worst crisis of its type for 30 years, it has exposed the fragility of the urban fabric and poses the Kuczynski administration with enormous problems.

  • Eduardo Vega airs his views on transparency (or the lack of it)

    19 March 2017

    When public officials retire from positions of authority they give interviews which provide precious clues as to how systems work, or rather do not. In an interview with La República last week, Eduardo Vega gave insights into the deficiencies in the present system of transparency in Peru.

  • Campaign for increased corporate transparency takes a step forward

    19 March 2017

    On 9 March, the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) agreed to insist on project-level reporting in all 51 member countries as of next year. EITI also voted to suspend Azerbaijan owing to deficiencies in the degree of civil society involvement.

  • PPK faces barrage of attacks

    11 March 2017

    On 9 March, Congress overwhelmingly supported a vote requiring the presence of Martín Vizcarra, the first vice-president and minister of transport and communications, to respond to a total of 82 questions, next Thursday, 16 March.

  • Fujimorismo splits over the case of sexual abuse in the Church

    11 March 2017

    This week the Fujimorista-dominated Congress voted not to create an investigative commission, the equivalent of a Public Enquiry, over accusations of sexual misconduct of the leader of conservative catholic group Sodalicio, Luis Fernando Figari.

  • Amnesty publishes annual report

    11 March 2017

    Amnesty International published its annual report strongly condemning what it sees as the increasing trend worldwide in hateful rhetoric “that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people to win the support of voters [and] which will have an increasingly dangerous impact on actual policy”.In Peru, Amnesty notes that there has been increased violence towards marginalised groups, singling out women and girls, indigenous peoples and the LGBTI community.

  • Vizcarra in the firing line

    5 March 2017

    Martín Vizcarra, the minister of transport and communications and also the first vice-president, is to undergo a formal questioning in Congress over his handling of the Chinchero airport contract. For his part, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has announced that he will not tolerate any forced resignation that arises out of a motion of censure against Vizcarra.

  • Vice-minister for social conflict

    5 March 2017

    On 2 March, the government is reported to have appointed Javier Fernandez-Concha Stucker as the new vice-minister for territorial governance within the office of the prime minister. Four weeks earlier, a supreme decree was published changing the institutional structure of the prime minister’s office to reflect the creation of a new vice-ministry. This is due to take over responsibility for territorial demarcation and conflict resolution, subsuming the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS).

  • IACHR cancellation causes offense among indigenous

    5 March 2017

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has reprogrammed its visit to the Peruvian Amazon to April, having abandoned its previous commitment to do so last month. The last minute scrapping of the visit planned for February caused widespread annoyance and frustration among the peoples of Amazonas

  • All eyes on the public prosecutor

    27 February 2017

    Busy times for Peru’s public prosecutor, with former first lady Nadine Heredia joining Alejandro Toledo in the line of those accused of receiving funds from Odebrecht. Tricky times too in managing to maintain judicial impartiality when faced with a whirlwind of politically-inspired gossip and innuendo.

  • 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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