Articles

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Populism and Tough Talk

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    President Alan García's attempts to restore the death penalty in Peru for those held to be guilty of terrorism and child molesting has raised hackles throughout the judicial community and among a wide range of religious leaders and politicians. It is widely seen as a populist ploy to maintain the president's standing, particularly among the poor who suffer most from the lack of citizen security.

  • Editorial: Law Controlling NGO’s “inimical to democracy”

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    The Peru Support Group laments the fact that the Peruvian Congress has approved legislation which threatens to curb drastically the freedom of action enjoyed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.

  • Editorial: NGOs and democracy

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    Peru has long had a large network of NGOs, most of which are involved in tackling poverty and providing assistance at the grass-roots. They have played a key role in helping to connect society and the state in a country where these are often poles apart, giving some sort of voice to those who would otherwise lack it.

  • The Cost of Climate Change: Peru feels the heat of global warming

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    As world attention focuses on the latest round of climate change negotiations in Nairobi, a continent away, Peru is already feeling the effects of global warming.

  • Regional and Municipal Elections – Independents Prevail

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    The results from the November 19 regional and municipal elections provided further evidence, if this were needed, of the poor standing of Peru's national political parties.

  • A round-up of the year

    Update 118. 30 November 2006

    2006 has been a year of elections throughout Latin America and none was followed more closely than that in Peru with the final two candidates – Alan García and Ollanta Humala going head to head in the polls and a very slim margin in the final round of voting.

  • 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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