• Alarcon versus Thorne

    11 June 2017

    Comptroller General Edgar Alarcón and Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne clashed publicly last week, after a phone conversation they had held was made public. In the phone conversation, they had discussed the issue of the Chinchero Airport contract. Alarcón accused Thorne of making the audio public and that he should resign.

  • Milk storm

    11 June 2017

    It took an official complaint from the Panamanian health authorities to alert the authorities in Peru that the evaporated milk exported to Panama was, in fact, not milk. Once again, the Peruvian regulatory authorities are being questioned for not standing up for the consumer and conniving with the producer, in this case Leche Gloria.

  • Constitutional Tribunal upholds Yanacocha over the Lagunas de Alto Peru

    11 June 2017

    On 6 June, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled in favour of the mining company Yanacocha, which has for years been fighting a 2007 order of the provincial municipality of San Pablo in Cajamarca. This created a Protected Environmental Area to preserve the so-called Lagunas de Alto Perú.

  • Indigenous groups allege state complicity in deforestation

    04 June 2017

    A group of indigenous organisations in Ucayali have once again drawn attention to the activities of companies operated by Dennis Melka in destroying virgin jungle in this Amazonian region. On 26 May, in a new declaration, the indigenous groups accused the regional authorities of complicity with the activities of Melka and his associates.

  • Congress passes Apurimac development law but does little more than urge executive action

    04 June 2017

    PSG reported last December on the government’s offer to come up with a plan for Apurímac region to assuage concerns among local communities that they would lose more than they would gain from the vast Las Bambas copper mine being developed by the Chinese company MMG. It has taken six months for Congress to approve a bill (proyecto de ley), and one that lacks relevant detail.

  • Toledo emerges from the shadows

    28 May 2017

    Last week, an unrepentant ex-president Alejandro Toledo emerged back into the limelight from the shadows where he has lurked ever since the Peruvian authorities launched extradition proceedings against him at the beginning of February.

  • PSG event on forced sterilisation

    28 May 2017

    On the evening of Wednesday 21 June, Esperanza Guayama, president of the Association of Forcefully Sterilised Women from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, will be attending an event jointly organised by the Peru Support Group, Amnesty International and the University of Kent. This will take place at Amnesty International House in London, probably at 5.30pm.

  • Responsibility for land use regulation shifted to Council of Ministers

    21 May 2017

    Ordenamiento territorial, or land use regulation, has moved to the centre-stage of land policy, with infrastructure and mining projects threatening existing land rights and livelihoods. The lack of a clearly-defined demarcation of land use is a permanent source of conflict, while investors seek guarantees as to secure access to the concessions they are granted.

  • Unions resist labour market liberalisation moves

    21 May 2017

    The National Federation of Miners, Metallurgy and Steelworkers, meeting in Lima last week, voted in favour of a national strike next month in opposition to the government’s proposals to further liberalise the labour market.

  • Indigenous communities reject Decree 1333 U-turn

    13 May 2017

    On 8 May, indigenous organizations forming the Pacto de Unidad, a coalition of six indigenous organisations with a national reach, voiced concern at attempts by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to block an initiative in Congress that would have repealed Legislative Decree No. 1333.

  • 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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