NEWS

  • Block 192: dialogue flounders, again

    27 August 2017

    On 22 August, dialogue between government and indigenous representatives from the communities of the four river basins affected by Block 192 broke down. The reason was the refusal of the state to give an answer to and guarantee indigenous groups the right to a fresh consultation before a new 30-year oil contract is awarded.

  • Controversy at the Memory Museum

    27 August 2017

    Last week prominent sociologist Guillermo Nugent was asked to leave his position as the director of the Lugar de la Memoria Tolerancia e Inclusión Social (LUM). After 10 months in charge and having achieved its prominent space in Lima’s cultural landscape, Nugent became the latest victim of the battles for memory being waged in Peru.

  • Teachers' strike continues unresolved

    27 August 2017

    For yet another week teachers from all over Peru have continued to protest in Lima. There has been much discussion over salaries and agreement that they should be raised. The main issue now in contention is the vexed one of teacher evaluations and the fact that, after three attempts, those who do not pass muster should lose their jobs.

  • UN Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights speaks out

    19 August 2017

    In an interview, to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz highlighted the advances made in protecting the livelihoods of indigenous peoples in recent years. But she was under no illusions of the difficulties they face, and indeed some of the backsliding she has noticed in respect for indigenous rights.

  • Las Bambas: one step forward, two steps back?

    19 August 2017

    On 16 August after six months of work, an agreement emerged from the Dialogue Table reconvened in February to attempt to resolve the issues between the government, the local communities and the mining corporation MMG, which is developing the huge Las Bambas copper mine. But just as some progress was being made, the government has resorted to declaring a state of emergency in the region, prompting new tensions.

  • Successes identified in curbing deforestation

    19 August 2017

    Success arising from civil society pressure in curbing deforestation is the surprising but welcome finding of recent work done by MAAP (Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project). A report in Mongabay Latam highlights five instances in Peru where deforestation has been halted, at least for now.

  • A year of environmental policy: little to celebrate

    05 August 2017

    To mark President Kuczynski’s first year in office, the influential NGO, Cooperacción, looks back at a year of environmental policy-making and finds few reasons to celebrate. The core of the government’s approach to stimulating mining investment appears to be the reduction of standards and controls.

  • Water shock ahead

    05 August 2017

    One of the main promises made by President Kuczynski on taking office was to ensure that all Peruvians, no matter what their circumstances, would have access to mains water and sewerage by 2021: ‘water’ would be the headline achievement of his administration. As his second year dawns, the promise is being dusted down having been largely ignored over the previous twelve months.

  • National mineworkers' strike mediated

    05 August 2017

    The member unions of the National Federation of Mining Workers initiated their long-heralded national strike on 19 July. After three days, the labour minister and the Federation agreed on a special commission to analyse the unions’ concerns. Miners have accordingly returned to work.

  • New ambassador to London

    05 August 2017

    Susana de la Puente is to be the new Peruvian ambassador to London. She was a keen supporter of President Kuczynski in last year’s presidential election.

  • 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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