• 25 May 2015

    National miners' strike: a non-event?

    The National Federation of Mine workers' national strike was called for May 18 “for an indefinite period”. There was little effect on mining output in the first week

  • 25 May 2015

    The China connection

    Last week’s visit to Peru by Chinese Prime Minister Li Kiquang once again highlighted the importance of bilateral relations with China. China has not only become Peru’s top export market but also its main foreign investor.

  • 25 May 2015

    MEF pronounces optimistic economic forecast

    The Minister of Economy and Finance, Alonso Segura, claims that the Peruvian economy is now on an “upward curve”, basing his assessment on better-than-expected growth figures for March.

  • 25 May 2015

    Extractives: new report

    The Inter-American Dialogue, the Washington-based think tank and lobby organisation, has just published a report on the incidence of community-led protest across the Americas, with special attention to the Pacific Alliance countries: Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.


  • . 25 May 2015

    Tía María: State of Emergency

    The Peruvian government’s decision on May 22 to declare a State of Emergency in Islay followed continued violence in opposition to the Tía María mining project put forward by Southern Copper. That day, Ramon Colque, a protester, died, from head injuries caused by a rock, according to the Ministry of the Interior, and seven were injured including three police

  • . 25 May 2015

    A spectacular fall from grace

    In an extraordinary turn of events, Carlos Américo Ramos Heredia, the Fiscal de la Nación, was dismissed from office on 13 May, scarcely a year since his appointment to the highest legal office in the land. He is the first Fiscal de la Nación to be dismissed in the Republic’s history.

  • . 16 May 2015

    Tía María: militarisation not the answer

    The Peruvian government’s decision to deploy troops last week to reinforce the police force in the battle over Tía María appears to have inflamed the situation still further. On 12 April, a three day strike began across the Arequipa region, leading to pitched battles both in Peru’s second city as well as in the Islay province and in the port of Mollendo.

  • . 7 May 2015

    EITI publishes protocol on civil society protection

    Peru was one of the first countries to sign up to the EITI (Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative), and the EITI classifies Peru as one of the countries worldwide it considers ‘compliant’. EITI has announced that it will be holding its 7th Global Conference next year (24-25 February 2016) in Lima.

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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