• 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.

  • Editorial: PSG Investigating UK mining in Peru

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    Conflicts between mining companies and communities in the areas where they operate are nothing new in Peru. However, they are becoming increasingly commonplace, leading often to violent stand-offs.

  • Garcia takes the helm of the Peruvian economy

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    What are called "the international financial institutions" remain well entrenched in Peru under its new president, Alan García, who took office from his predecessor Alejandro Toledo on 28 July.

  • Editorial: President Garcia takes office

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    Alan García takes over as president of Peru on July 28. Few people would have thought that the disgraced politician who left his country in an economic shambles in 1990 would return to resume his tenancy of Lima's Palacio de Pizarro.

  • 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.

  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • 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.

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