NEWS

  • Police 'fire on Conga protesters' while Xstrata faces questions

    30 May 2013

    One person has been injured by police as the Conga project sparks renewed resistance in Cajamarca, while in southern Peru communities demand to know the source of pollution around Xstrata's Tintaya mine.

  • Calls to strengthen women's reproductive rights in Peru

    28 May 2013

    Campaign gathers support amid warnings that failure to implement law properly is costing women's lives, as UN body calls for action by the Peruvian government in line with international rulings.

  • Amid economic boom, majority of rural Peruvians face poverty

    26 May 2013

    Peru's poverty rate is falling but one in five lives on under $2 a day in rural areas, as divisions between cities and indigenous populations in the highlands and Amazon persist.

  • Obituary: Javier Diez Canseco

    05 May 2013

    It is with profound grief that we learn of the death of Javier Diez Canseco. As many will know, Javier has been battling against a virulent cancer for the last three months. Few in Peruvian public life have been so consistent in their support for human rights and democratic values as Javier. He has pursued such issues with a dogged determination that is not common among politicians. He combined strong political convictions with a spirit of genuine personal humanity.

  • Warning on 'police privatisation' in Peru

    28 March 2013

    Relations between the police and private companies are putting human rights at risk, according to leading civil society figures.

  • Human Rights Watch flags impunity and new curbs on rights

    15 March 2013

    New legislation could undermine international human rights standards, according to Human Rights Watch, which also criticised widespread impunity for abuses.

  • Minas Conga referendum plans disputed

    08 March 2013

    Authorities have rejected attempts to mount a referendum on the Conga gold and copper mine in Cajamarca, northern Peru.

  • Legal bid to protect isolated indigenous groups

    08 February 2013

     Indigenous organisations have announced legal action aimed at halting the expansion of the Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon.
     

  • Trade agreement 'risks human rights'

    07 February 2013

    Free trade agreements signed in December between the European Union and Peru, Colombia and six Central American nations risk human rights and money laundering, say critics.

  • Canaris: clashes as rejected mine considered

    04 February 2013

    In what was dubbed the first conflict of 2013, police broke up a blockade of the proposed Cañariaco mining project in Cañaris, Lambayeque, northern Peru. The community had rejected the project when consulted last September, concerned about its impacts on water, forests and agriculture, their principal source of income.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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