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26 September 2012
A new Peru Support Group report, available in both English and Spanish, critically examines the extent to which artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is responsible for the various problems often attributed to it. The report argues that a shortcoming of much analysis of the phenomenon thus far has been the failure to make a clear distinction between the size of mining (artisanal, small, medium or large-scale) and its mode of operation (illegal, informal or formal). This has often resulted in misconceptions about what the precise characteristics of ASM operations are.
21 September 2012
To track social conflicts involving British listed / part-owned firms the PSG is today launching its new MineWatch service. Updated monthly, this database lists all UK extractive firms with projects in Peru and details any disputes with nearby communities.
07 August 2012
The PSG is pleased to announce that it will again be cooperating with the Workers’ Beer Company to send volunteers this summer to Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as Proms in the Park. Competition for places is very intense so register your interest now!
152. Jun - Jul 12
The removal of Oscar Valdés as prime minister and his replacement with Juan Jiménez represents a slight shift back towards the centre from the right, but by no means a return to the programme on which President Ollanta Humala was elected last year.
09 July 2012
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently warned: "[t]he increasingly systematic and recurring way in which baseless criminal actions are brought against human rights defenders [across Latin America] has caused this obstacle to gain visibility in the region and to become a problem that merits urgent attention". The following report - written by a series of international NGOs and networks -analyses this issue by drawing on examples from Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia.
No. 151. May - June 2012
Peruvian women suffered widespread sexual violence during the country's armed conflict. Though the war has long ceased, levels of domestic and gender-based violence remain high to date. In this article Paula Escribens, formerly of women’s rights organisation DEMUS, analyses the difficulties which Peruvian women continue to face.
01 June 2012
Amnesty International urges political intervention in support of Oscar Mollohuanca, the mayor of Espinar, southern Peru. According to the release, the public official was detained on 30 May inside the municipal building by at least 30 police officers, who showed no arrest warrant and gave no reason for detaining him. He risks ill-treatment and could face an unfair trial.
31 May 2012
The tyranny of statistics is back with a vengeance. First, we had Bill Gates in February telling the Spanish government that it makes no sense to “help countries like Peru, a middle income country with a per capita income of US$ 10,000, while there are children dying of malaria and people unable to get medicines for AIDS”. “Peru”, said Gates “has resources to exploit and could be as rich as a European country”.
15 May 2012
This recently released Christian Aid report highlights the gap between the rich and extremely poor which has fuelled crime and political instability in Latin America. A chapter on Peru examines the phenomenon of glacial melt, which directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers in the country. It also discusses development in the Huancavelica province, where nearly 80% of the population live in poverty.
150 . Feb - Mar 2012
According to the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman, today there are over 20 'latent conflicts' related to extractive activity in the country. Many such disputes are likely to flare up once more as García-era suspensions expire on Humala’s watch. Of these, the conflict over Piura’s Río Blanco project is set to be the most serious.