Articles

  • Mining in Peru Community Rights and Corporate Responsibilities

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    A key area of concern first documented by the PSG last year in its 'Mining and Poverty' bulletin is the rise and escalation of mining-community conflicts. Mining is the country's leading economic sector providing 55% of its exports and accounting for 6% of its GDP. However, although mining has the potential to contribute to Peru's development and alleviate poverty, the rise of anti-mining protests and demonstrations has led to the delay and suspension of various mining and exploration projects around the country.

  • The South American Explores Club of Lima

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    South American Explorers has always had a special relationship with Peru as its first Clubhouse was founded in Lima in 1977, and has had a permanent presence there ever since.

  • Editorial: The new President

    Update 115. 31 May 2006

    The election of a new president opens up a new period, a period that provides the chance to look at things differently. It brings new opportunities, and hopefully new approaches to old problems. But we don't know whether these opportunities will be grasped, still less whether Peru in five years time is a better place for the majority of Peruvians than it is today.

  • Putting the spin into Peruvian Politics: The role of the media in the 2006 Elections

    Update 115. 31 May 2006

    The power of the media is rarely exercised with more impact than during elections. The seriousness with which politicians court media executives reflects the media's potential to make or break the ambitions of would-be political kingpins. The union of political advantage with commercial interest, often in the form of lucrative advertising campaigns, is a cause of concern in many countries, but in few places does the charge of media bias resonate as strongly as in Peru.

  • PSG Public Meeting: Big Challenges ahead for UK mining in Peru

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    Increasingly, UK mining companies are under scrutiny for their activities in Peru. To discuss the issues at hand, a meeting was held at Portcullis House, the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 21st March 2006 to hear Mr Nicanor Alvarado from VIMA, a faith-based environmental organisation.

  • The Company Law Reform Bill: Bring UK companies into the 21st Century

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    New laws to help UK companies act as a positive force and to ensure they are held accountable for their impact not only in the UK, but also overseas will be debated by MPs this spring as the Company Law Reform Bill goes to Parliament.

  • Editorial: The 2006 Election

    Update 114. 31 March 2006

    By the time you read this, we may know the results of the first round of presidential elections, to be held on April 9.

  • Editorial: The Humala Bandwagon

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    Opinion polls in Peru are now showing Ollanta Humala to be rivalling Lourdes Flores in the race for the presidency; some polls even put him in the lead. How are we to explain the sudden eruption of this relatively unknown candidate on the political scene?

  • The Coca Question in Peru

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    The overwhelming victory of coca grower leader Evo Morales in Bolivia's recent presidential elections provides a potent reminder of long-standing frustration with U.S.-backed coca eradication policies implemented across the Andes that have provoked violence and social conflict.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight: Have a Fairtrade event for PSG

    Update 113. 31 January 2006

    This year we want to celebrate the ever increasing range of Peruvian Fairtrade products during Fairtrade Fortnight, from 6 to19 March, by asking our members to organise a Fairtrade event for the PSG.

  • 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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