• 25 January 2015

    Ombudsman reports on social conflict

    In its most recent monthly social conflict report, the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) registered a total of 210 social conflicts for the month of December 2014. This was a reduction from 212 cases in November, and the 217 cases in October which represented the peak for active conflicts for 2014.

  • 25 January 2015

    Castaneda takes office as new Lima mayor

    Having been re-elected to serve a further four years, after his previous eight as Lima’s mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio took office on the first day of the New Year. His first three weeks in office have already stirred controversy and he appears to be seeking to reverse many of the reform policies implemented by his predecessor, Susana Villarán.

  • 25 January 2015

    Crystal balls: Central Bank predictions for 2015

    Julio Velarde, the president of the central bank (BCRP), predicts that the Peruvian economy will grow this year by 4.8%.

  • 18 January 2015

    Urresti and La Cautiva

    La Cautiva is a play about people involved in the counter-insurgency war against Sendero Luminoso. Having run for several months to critical acclaim, it has been denounced by Interior Minister Daniel Urresti as an ‘apology for terrorism’.


  • . 18 Jan 2015

    Labour protest march ends in violence

    The fourth march through the streets of Lima on January 15 to protest against the Humala government’s legislation to liberalise employment laws ended in violence.The new law aims to give employers incentives to take on youngsters (aged between 18 and 24), but without the same contractual rights as ordinary employees.

  • 09 January 2015

    Extractives, human rights and the environment - straws in the wind?

    The last month has produced a number of somewhat positive results in regard to Peru’s approach to the environment and extractives-related issues.However, the PSG cannot but feel that these events are more than just straws in the wind.

  • . 10 Dec 2014

    Second round regional elections: reading the runes

    Trying to draw conclusions from the results of second round elections for regional presidencies in 14 out of 25 regions presents difficulties.

  • . 10 Dec 2014

    Agroindustry and the (mis)use of water in Ica

    For years agroindustries – notably those producing asparagus – have been draining the water resources of Ica, to the detriment of small-scale agricultural producers

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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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