NEWS

  • Ombudsman 'concerned' over new vice-ministry

    11 March 2017

    On 9 March, the Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo), Walter Gutiérrez, expressed concern about the government’s creation of a new vice-ministry, within the Prime Minister’s office, to deal with territorial governance. Gutiérrez is concerned that the vice-ministry will further marginalise the salience of the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) which takes responsibility for trying to settle social conflicts.

  • NGOs condemn criminalisation of protest in Cajamarca

    11 March 2017

    A strongly-worded open letter, signed by seven Peruvian and three international NGOs, hit the press on 6 March, the day of the re-opening of the interminable trial of the 16 human rights defenders (HRDs) involved in the Conga protest dating from 2012. The letter condemns the whole process of denunciations and penal measures as an invasion of human rights and the criminalisation of legitimate social protest.

  • New Internationalist appeal

    11 March 2017

    New International is confronting financial pressures, and to overcome these it has just announced a bold new scheme by which readers can become co-owners.

  • Conservatives fight 'gender agenda'

    05 March 2017

    Thousands of people marched through Lima and other cities on 4 March in protest at the government’s attempts to create gender equality as part of the national school curriculum. They were supported by conservative church groups, both Catholic and evangelical, as well as opposition parliamentarians from the pro-Fujimori Fuerza Popular party.

  • US puts Peru on money laundering black list

    05 March 2017

    For the first tim, Peru has appeared in the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report blacklist of 85 jurisdictions where money laundering of illicit activities takes place. The latest report by Peru’s Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) suggests that money laundering to the tune of $3 billion took place in Peru between 2007 and 2016.

  • State of Emergency invoked at Coporaque over conflict with Hudbay

    27 February 2017

    Constancia, a copper mine in Cuzco owned by the Canadian company Hudbay, is embroiled in conflict with the surrounding communities in the province of Chumbivilcas.

  • Inter-Oceanic Highway goes nowhere in boosting trade

    18 February 2017

    Much in the news because of the corruption associated with the granting and amending of contracts to build the Inter-Oceanic Highway, less attention has been given to the use made of this hugely expensive infrastructure project.

  • News from Las Bambas: tensions persist

    18 February 2017

    The five-day strike that blocked the road to port for the Las Bambas mine was called off late on Friday 10 February. But the situation remains confused and conflictual, as significant groups of the population oppose the state of emergency.

  • Conservatives mobilise against the 'Gender Agenda'

    18 February 2017

    In the past months the debate on the teaching of gender equality in Peru has become increasingly toxic. In December, this was one of the reasons given for the build-up of opposition to the minister of education (who was subsequently forced to resign).

  • Growth rate propped up by mining

    18 February 2017

    The INEI, the Peruvian statistics agency, has just published data for growth in 2016. The economy grew by 3.9%, slightly more than in 2015. The main reason for this relative buoyancy is attributable, almost entirely, to the huge expansion of volumes of minerals from Las Bambas and Toromocho.

  • 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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