Articles

  • The Humala presidency in perspective: plus ca change ...

    11 July 2015

    Elected president four years ago in June 2011, Ollanta Humala promised what he called the ‘great transformation’. Many, particularly among the business elites, feared there would be a dramatic change in the business and mining-friendly economic policies. What was transformed were not the policies but the views of the president and those around him like his wife Nadine Heredia.

  • Environmental Challenges at Las Bambas: Peru's largest copper mine.

    11 July 2015

    When Chinese stock market regulations forced Glencore to divest itself of some part of its holdings, the result was the sale of Peru’s largest copper project, Las Bambas in Apurimac, to a Chinese consortium. The latter inherited a situation of serious disquiet over environmental impacts. To the Chinese company’s credit, they appear to be working hard to respond to that disquiet.

  • On TPP and Fast Track

    28 June 2015

    The granting of ‘fast-track’ authorisation by the US Congress for the Obama administration to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) marks a new stage in the attempts by the United States to erect a multilateral trade and investment framework that favours US interests.

  • Evo and Ollanta meet in Puno

    28 June 2015

    The meeting on the Isla Esteves in Lake Titicaca between Presidents Ollanta Humala and Evo Morales, along with their respective cabinets, helped resuscitate the frayed relationship between Peru and Bolivia.

  • Rising informal gold output highlights the 'cosmetic' solution

    28 June 2015

    The first four months of the year have seen a sharp rise in informal gold production in Madre de Dios.

  • Congress agrees to special legislative rights

    24 June 2015

    Following weeks of prevarication, the Peruvian Congress finally agreed on 18 June to giving the executive branch special faculties to legislate on matters concerning the economy and public security

  • Unity on the left?

    24 June 2015

    With the presidential elections nine months away, there is growing interest in how the left will fare. On the one hand, most of the proto-candidates who are so far lining up belong to the right or centre-right. As yet, though various names are mentioned, no-one has emerged as a viable candidate on the left or centre-left.

  • Peruvian NGOs resist new government controls

    14 June 2015

    For nearly 33 years, the Peru Support Group has supported civil society organisations in Peru that stand up for democracy and human rights. We have also seen our partners in Peru come under periodic attack from the authorities, especially in cases where they are perceived as standing up to government policies on specific issues. We fear that we are again at such a juncture.

  • Tía María but the tip of an iceberg

    14 June 2015

    Tía María is undoubtedly the fiercest and most potent conflict in Peru at present in the troubled extractives sector. As we have repeatedly highlighted, it raises big issues not just about the environment but of how to relate to civil society. The State of Emergency declared on 22 May and covering seven regions, now becomes more ominous as President Humala battles with Congress to achieve special powers to rule by decree for 120 days.

  • Bagua: Six Years On

    8 June 2015

    Six years have now passed since the so-called Baguazo on 5 June 2009, but no-one has been brought to justice. On that day, just north of Bagua, 33 people lost their lives in a confrontation between locals and the police force, 23 of the them members of the police force. The Baguazo has become an emblematic event in the conflictive history of relations between the state and indigenous groups opposed to the indiscriminate use of their territories for the extraction of oil and gas.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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