Articles

  • 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.

  • New Environmental Law has great potential - will it make a difference?

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    One of the best things about the controversy generated by the new Environment Law has been that it has begun to affect public opinion about a problem that is beginning to take a heavy toll. An effective policy of environmental protection is a necessary priority for a country like Peru.

  • Editorial: International and Peruvian NGOs under fire

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    When established interests find themselves under attack, it is becoming increasingly common for them to reach for the 'T' word, and accuse their opponents of being part of some international web of terrorist intrigue.

  • Editorial: Corruption continues

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    The recent marches in Lima and other Peruvian cities to protest against corruption reflect the widespread disillusionment felt by many Peruvians. Five years ago, the hundreds of 'Vladivideos' and other revelations showed how common corrupt practices were at all levels of Peruvian society.

  • Global Call for Action Against Poverty in Peru

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    To mark the start of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, the Peruvian "La Pobreza ¡YA FUE!" campaign (the Peruvian GCAP/White Band campaign) carried out a mass lobby of the 8 embassies of the G8.

  • 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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