• SAVE THE DATE - PSG Annual Conference - 16 November 2019

    13 October 2019

    To all our readers, members and friends: we would like to invite you to our upcoming annual conference, taking place on 16 November 2019, at the Global Governance Institute, UCL (29-31 Tavistock Square, London). Start at 10.30am and finish by 5pm.

  • Unrest in the mining corridor

    13 October 2019

    Communities along the so-called corridor minero in southern Peru are stepping up their campaign against the Chinese-owned MMG Corporation over the environmental damages they suffer. New communities have announced their support for protest moves.

  • Appeal for a multi-sector Commission to consider contamination by toxic waste

    13 October 2019

    At least 13 regions are affected by metal poisoning, usually the result of mining activity. In 2017 those affected have formed the Plataforma Nacional de Afectados por Metales Toxicos to help force the authorities to attend their complaints. More than 50 representatives from the regions concerned came together in Lima last week under this umbrella.

  • EITI introduces decentralised model to assess transparency in extractives

    13 October 2019

    Ahead of its board meeting in Addis Ababa, the EITI (Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative) has issued a newsletter with information on some interesting initiatives and developments, one of which relates to the implementation of regional EITI processes in Peru.

  • Confiep shows its true colours

    07 October 2019

    Confiep, Peru’s powerful private business confederation, has always maintained close ties to Fuerza Popular as well as its various pre-incarnations (Cambio 90 etc). Last week it put its loyalty to the Fuji-cause up in lights.

  • Fujimorismo seeks to re-group in the Permanent Commission

    06 October 2019

    Following President Martín Vizcarra’s dramatic move on 30 September in dissolving Congress, the fujimorista opposition has sought to regroup in the Permanent Commission (CP). This is composed of 27 former members of Congress who will sit in lieu of Congress until the future legislative elections on January 26. Reflecting the composition of the former legislature, the majority of members of the CP are from Fuerza Popular and its allies.

  • New cabinet sworn in

    06 October 2019

    Following the dissolution of Congress (coming on top of what was construed as a vote of no confidence), Vizcarra was obliged to replace his prime minister, Salvador del Solar. The new prime minister is the previous justice minister, Vicente Zeballos.

  • MTC questions controversial Amazon canal scheme

    29 September 2019

    Despite Vizcarra’s recent insistence that the Hidrovía Amazónica project will definitely go ahead, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has added its voice to the widespread criticism of the Sino-Peruvian Cohidro consortium’s ill-defined plans to open up more than 2,500 kms of the Amazon and its three main tributaries to deep water navigation.

  • Voluntary agreement proposed to eliminate palm oil deforestation

    29 September 2019

    The US-based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has announced a proposed agreement between the Peruvian Palm Oil Producers’ Association (JUNPALMA), the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) and the Peruvian Society for Eco-development (SPDE) which would promise sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil production as of 2021.

  • PERUMIN 34 meets in Arequipa

    22 September 2019

    The week of 16 September has been given over in Arequipa to PERUMIN 34 - a massive gathering 16-20 September of business and state, with 60,000 expected to attend to visit exhibitions and the numerous presentations. The title of the event is 'Mining, Science, Innovation, Technology and Education'.

  • 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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