Articles

  • Fujimori

    Fujimori Appeals Conviction for Human Rights Abuses

    Update 136. October / November 2009

    The trial and conviction of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for grave violations of human rights marks a watershed in the struggle against impunity in Peru and across the world. Since he fled the country in November 2000 in the wake of a series of scandals, Fujimori sought to evade justice. His decision to travel to Chile in 2005 led to his eventual extradition to Peru to stand trial for four cases of grave violations of human rights, as well as a long list of cases of corruption and abuse of power.

  • Coca growers

    Editorial: Cocaine and Corruption

    Update 135. August / September 2009

    Squeeze the balloon here and the air pops up elsewhere. This is the age old problem facing drug eradication efforts in the Andes: suppress the production of coca and cocaine in one country (Colombia) and it simply moves to another location (Peru and Bolivia). According to a recent study, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Peru may have already taken over from Colombia as the world's number one exporter of cocaine.

  • Indigenous Protesters

    Amazon Update: Commissions Set Up to Investigate Bagua

    Update 135. August / September 2009

    According to some press reports, peace in the Peruvian Amazon is tentative and there are fears that protests may erupt again as dialogue seems to have produced few results. Furthermore, a judge in Lima has requested that Interpol issue international arrest warrants against exiled AIDESEP (Inter-ethnic Association of Development of the Peruvian Jungle) leader Alberto Pizango and four other indigenous leaders.

  • UK Public Meeting on Amazon Violence

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    Over 90 people attended a public meeting organised jointly by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Peru, the Peru Support Group (PSG) and Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). The meeting was held at the Houses of Parliament on Monday June 22nd 2009 to give participants an opportunity to discuss the broad issues at play in the Peruvian Amazon and in particular the consequences of the Peruvian government's propagation of the 'Law of the Jungle'.

  • Alan Garcia

    Editorial: García Invokes Optimism

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    The annual presidential speech to Congress on Independence Day (July 28th) is a set-piece event through which whoever holds office highlights his achievements, minimises his shortcomings, and seeks generally to boost his public profile. Alan García's third in his present term (2006-11) was no exception.

  • Editorial: Stirring Regional Tensions

    UPDATE 133. May / April 2009

    Alan Garcia's decision to extend diplomatic asylum to three former Bolivian ministers - wanted by the Morales government in relation to the enquiry into a massacre in 2003 - is not only a calculated snub to the Bolivian president but also a move that has domestic significance. The more Peru distances itself from Bolivia (and Venezuela) the more Garcia seeks to identify Ollanta Humala as a friend of Peru's supposed foes.

  • A river in the Amazon

    Indigenous Groups Demand Reform of the 'Law of the Jungle'

    Update 133. May / April 2009

    Indigenous groups in Peru have blockaded roads and rivers, primarily in the Amazon region, in protest against a series of legislative decrees, collectively known as the 'Law of the Jungle'. This was approved last year by President Alan Garcia to make Peruvian law conform to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. They believe that the legislation will facilitate the access of multinational companies into the region, specifically those related to oil, mining, logging and agriculture, and further eliminate indigenous peoples' right to prior consultation and consent.

  • Fujimori

    PSG Statement: Fujimori Guilty of Human Rights Violations & Sentenced to 25 Years in Jail

    09 April 2009

    The Peru Support Group (PSG) would like to express its support of the Peruvian judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court’s Special Criminal Court, for its unanimous ruling and sentencing of former Peruvian president, Alberto Fujimori, to 25 years in jail for crimes against humanity committed during his time in office (1990-2000).

  • Editorial: Towards 2011

    UPDATE 132. 31 March 2009

    With presidential elections now only two years away, Peruvian politicians are focused on the struggle to see who replaces Alan Garcia. With many potential candidates in the running, it is most unlikely that any one will win outright on the first round, so a key issue is who the plausible candidates might be for the second round and the alliances that might emerge around them. This gives rise to all sorts of permutations

  • Human Rights Defenders in London

    Update 132. Feb / Mar 09

    In February, the Peru Support Group (PSG) hosted two events in London on human rights issues. Jose Pablo Baraybar, the director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF), spoke at Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre during the opening of a photographic exhibition, 'If I don't Come Back, Look for Me in Putis' by Peruvian photojournalist Domingo Giribaldi.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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