NEWS

  • Bad news for indigenous groups on Peru-Brazil border...

    27 January 2018

    On 22 January, Peru approved Law 30723 that gives the green light to the construction of a road system along the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Ucayali region. This would open up access to parts of the Amazon forest hitherto relatively untouched.

  • ...And some better news elsewhere

    27 January 2018

    In December 2017, a court in Iquitos made a landmark ruling in favour of indigenous groups, by ordering the Peruvian authorities to recognise and grant land titles to the people of Achuar del Pastaza (in Loreto region). What makes this ruling especially important is that it recognises the Achuar del Pastaza people as a “pueblo”.

  • Las Bambas communities enunciate demands

    22 January 2018

    Following hard on the heels of the general declaration of a state of emergency throughout the mining corridor on 11 January a delegation from the district of Challhuahuacho, in Cotabambas (Apurímac), arrived in Lima. The huge MMG copper mine Las Bambas is located in this district.

  • The PEP and CIDSE draw attention to human rights situation

    22 January 2018

    On the eve of the Pope’s visit to Peru, the Plataforma Europa Perú (PEP) and CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, published a statement expressing their deep concern over the human rights situation in Peru. The pronouncement was highly critical of the pardon granted to former president Alberto Fujimori.

  • Trade Justice Movement urges full transparency in negotiations post-Brexit

    22 January 2018

    The Trade Justice Movement (TJM), a coalition of nearly 70 civil society organisations interested in fair trade and sustainable development, has submitted written evidence calling on the UK parliament’s Trade Bill Committee to amend the Trade Bill as it currently stands, in order to include a framework for scrutiny and accountability ahead of the UK’s trade negotiations post-Brexit.

  • Public indignation on the streets

    13 January 2018

    Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets on 11 January to register their anger at President Kuczynski’s pardon of ex-president Alberto Fujimori. This was the fourth such public mobilisation and possibly the largest. Marches took place not just in Lima but in at least eight other cities in Peru, as well as in major cities worldwide.

  • Environment defender butchered in Lambayeque

    13 January 2018

    Environmental defender and local community activist José Napoleon Tarrillo was killed on 30 December; four men entered his home, tortured and killed him in an action believed to be linked to his efforts to defend the land of the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, in Lambayeque.

  • OEFA slams Petroperu over oil spills - fines it US$15 million

    13 January 2018

    The monitoring agency within the Ministry of the Environment (OEFA) has imposed its largest fine yet on the state-owned enterprise Petroperú. The fine, the second imposed on the company, is over two oil spills that occurred between 25 January and 2 February 2016 in Bagua (Amazonas region) and in Morona (Loreto).

  • Coordinadora awards annual HR prize to indigenous federations

    13 January 2018

    In a ceremony in December, the Coordinadora, which brings together 82 human rights organisations, awarded the 2017 national human rights prize to four indigenous federations that represent around 100 communities in the Amazon region.

  • Fujimori pardoned in 'impunity pact'

    25 December 2017

    President Kuczynski, having been reprieved from impeachment by the abstention of ten Fujimorista dissidents, has authorised an official pardon for former president Alberto Fujimori. Kuczynski waited until Christmas Eve to announce this controversial decision.

  • 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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