Articles

  • Editorial: Two Hits for Democracy

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    The month of September has brought two important decisions, both (in different ways) helping to affirm democracy in Peru. First, the local referendum (or consulta) in Ayabaca, Carmen de la Frontera and Pacaipampa (Piura) resulted in around 90% of those who participated voting against the development of Rio Blanco. Second, the Chilean Supreme Court upheld Peru's request for the disgraced former president, Alberto Fujimori to be extradited to Peru.

  • Rio Blanco: Communities vote 'no' in referendum

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    On Sunday September 16th 2007, the three districts in the region of Piura that would be most affected by Minera Majaz's Rio Blanco mining project held a public referendum. They were asked whether or not they agreed with the development of mining activities in their district. Over 90% of people who cast their vote did so against mining. The result was a resounding 'No'.
     

  • Editorial: July 28th: A nation ill at ease with itself

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    Growth and contentment are not necessarily good bedfellows. The Peruvian economy, fuelled by the global boom in minerals prices, continues to expand. However, many Peruvians are becoming restive and the key issue today is how the benefits of the growth are to be shared.

  • Teachers protest over the government's new education law

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    "Huelga indefinida" ("Indefinite strike"), "Viva el SUTEP" ("long live SUTEP"), "Alan corrupto" ("corrupt Alan") and other such slogans have been emblazoned across Peru for the last few weeks as state school teachers engaged in a national strike. The strike followed Congress' approval on July 11th of a controversial bill for the Ley de Carrera Pública Magisterial (Public Teacher Career Law).

  • Editorial: Free Trade, Labour Protection and the Environment

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The deal finally reached between the Bush administration and the Democratic leadership in the US Congress appears to have removed one of the main obstacles to US ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United States and Peru. However, the devil may yet lie in the detail.

  • Mining and Development in Peru: The Peruvian Launches

    Update 121:. 31 May 2007

    On 17th May, the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), the Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA), Oxfam International and the PSG, hosted the Lima launch of the PSG-sponsored investigation into mining and development in Peru, with special focus on the Río Blanco project in Piura.

  • Editorial: Mining and Development in Peru

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    "This is a question of values, not stock market values". Thus Michael Connarty MP summarised the dispute over the future of Minera Majaz, the British-owned mining company involved in developing the potentially vast project in northern Peru at Rio Blanco.

  • The Campaign for dignified housing for all: The International Phase

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    "We demand acknowledgement that access to dignified housing is a fundamental human right."
    Federacion de Organizaciones Vecinales de Lima y Callao (FOVELIC - Federation of Neighbourhood Organizations from Lima and Callao).

  • Surviving Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    Peru's delicate ecosystem means it is at risk of producing climate change refugees. Migration in Peru is already at an unsustainable level with more than a third of the population living in the over populated capital Lima.

  • PSG Member News - Ecotribal: protecting tribal communities

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    An indigenous Peruvian leader, Yorini, spent October 2006 in the UK visiting NGO's, old aquaintances, the Eden Project and pioneering low impact communities.

  • 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.

  • 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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