Articles

  • Letter voices concern over land grabbing in Ucayali

    24 February 2018

    Thirty eight international and national civil society organisations co-signed an urgent letter to the Peruvian authorities expressing deep concern at the increasingly dangerous situation faced by community leaders and their families of the community of Santa Clara of Uchunya. This is caused by illegal and aggressive land-grabbing in and around their territory.

  • Indigenous communities fear new hydrocarbons bill

    24 February 2018

    A proposed law before Congress to regulate investment in the hydrocarbon sector is currently causing concern among indigenous groups vulnerable to oil development.

  • Peru sets out human rights plan

    17 February 2018

    The Peruvian government approved its National Human Rights Plan (2018-2021) on 1 February. Its purpose is to provide a strategy document that “seeks to guarantee the implementation of public policies in favour of groups that require special attention”. Civil society organisations point out that there was little consultation in the development of this plan

  • Prior consultation: how it has worked in practice

    17 February 2018

    A workshop has been meeting in Lima to look at implementation of prior consultation (consulta previa) procedures. No less than 36 representatives of national indigenous organizations were present at the meeting, Their task: to evaluate the use of the prior consultation (consulta previa) over the six years since it became law.

  • Premier threatens to block Maduro visit

    17 February 2018

    Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz’s announcement that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be physically blocked from attending April’s hemispheric summit in Lima further ramps up Peru’s defiant posture in relation to Venezuela.

  • Renewed protest in Loreto over oil spill damage

    11 February 2018

    Eighteen organisations representing many of the indigenous communities affected by oil spills from the leaky and badly-maintained Northern Peru pipeline have started a protest a year after the signing of the Saramurillo Accords.

  • Hemispheric summit: a meeting of minds?

    11 February 2018

    Being the organiser of a major international get-together is usually a political plus for the host country; Peru has now hosted a number of such gatherings in recent years. But the hemispheric summit, scheduled for April 13-14 in Lima, looks like being problematic.

  • Inter-American Court judges Peru on Fujimori pardon

    3 February 2018

    On February 2, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) convened a session in San José (Costa Rica) to consider the legality (or otherwise) of the pardon (indulto) extended by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski last December to former president Alberto Fujimori.

  • Fujimori feud leads to rift

    3 February 2018

    After weeks of speculation, Kenji Fujimori has finally broken ranks with his sister’s Fuerza Popular (FP) party. The decision by Kenji and nine other members of the largest party in Congress not to back the motion to impeach President Kuzynski, defying a three-line whip, led to the disciplinary proceedings.

  • Extractives: a watch-list of concerns as prices pick up

    3 February 2018

    As mineral prices strengthen once again, international business analysts are ranking Peru high for the good economic returns they portend. One analyst describes Peru and Brazil as positioned to lead the pack in copper, with Peru the winner "owing to its number of high-value projects and a faster-growing mining industry value".

  • 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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