• 24 March 2014

    Mining company dismisses workers who formed a union

    Glencore Xstrata continues in the spotlight over labour conflict. At its Antapaccay copper mine (which replaces Tintaya), five workers have achieved a significant advance in their fight to regain their jobs. 

  • 24 March 2014

    Ministerial crisis grips Peru

    On February 24, Prime Minister César Villanueva, resigned. The move was triggered by First Lady Nadine Heredia’s denial that there would be any debate over the minimum wage. Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla agreed with Heredia, and Villanueva left saying he could not remain in post if there were ‘parallel powers’.

  • 24 March 2014

    The death penalty returns to the political agenda

    Former president Alan García has once again called for the introduction of the death penalty in Peru for homicides connected to organised crime. This follows the highly publicised murder of the son of Carlos Burgos Horna, the mayor of San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima.



  • . 24 March 2014

    Unpicking what climate change may mean for Peru

    In December this year, Peru will host the COP-20 meeting on worldwide climate change.  Peru accounts for just 0.7% of global greenhouse gases, but it is one of the countries most seriously threatened by the impacts of climate change. It is to be hoped therefore, that the hosting of COP-20 will galvanise public opinion and force the political class to think more purposefully long-term in devising ways of mitigating the likely effects.

  • . 24 March 2014

    Government threatens weakening environmental controls on gas and oil exploration

    The new minister of energy and mines, Eleodoro Mayorga, announced on March 6 that the government ‘was going to eliminate the requirement for Environmental Impact Studies [EIAs] for seismic exploration’ for oil and gas.A storm of protest has since erupted,

  • . 24 March 2014

    Mining and Undermining

    In recent weeks, attacks have been launched in the Peruvian media against European organisations which – supposedly – want to frustrate Peru’s bid to attract foreign investment into the country’s mining sector.  These organisations have been described as ‘anti-mining’. 

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  • 28 November 2012

    State-corporate crime?

    We have worked closely with the community affected by Rio Blanco mine, which was owned by a British company. In 2011, 33 torture claimants received compensation from the company, though it did not accept liability. This multimedia case study explores the relationships between the state, mining company and communities.

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  • 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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