• Rio Blanco: Communities vote 'no' in referendum

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    On Sunday September 16th 2007, the three districts in the region of Piura that would be most affected by Minera Majaz's Rio Blanco mining project held a public referendum. They were asked whether or not they agreed with the development of mining activities in their district. Over 90% of people who cast their vote did so against mining. The result was a resounding 'No'.

  • Editorial: July 28th: A nation ill at ease with itself

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    Growth and contentment are not necessarily good bedfellows. The Peruvian economy, fuelled by the global boom in minerals prices, continues to expand. However, many Peruvians are becoming restive and the key issue today is how the benefits of the growth are to be shared.

  • Teachers protest over the government's new education law

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    "Huelga indefinida" ("Indefinite strike"), "Viva el SUTEP" ("long live SUTEP"), "Alan corrupto" ("corrupt Alan") and other such slogans have been emblazoned across Peru for the last few weeks as state school teachers engaged in a national strike. The strike followed Congress' approval on July 11th of a controversial bill for the Ley de Carrera Pública Magisterial (Public Teacher Career Law).

  • Editorial: Free Trade, Labour Protection and the Environment

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The deal finally reached between the Bush administration and the Democratic leadership in the US Congress appears to have removed one of the main obstacles to US ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United States and Peru. However, the devil may yet lie in the detail.

  • Mining and Development in Peru: The Peruvian Launches

    Update 121:. 31 May 2007

    On 17th May, the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), the Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA), Oxfam International and the PSG, hosted the Lima launch of the PSG-sponsored investigation into mining and development in Peru, with special focus on the Río Blanco project in Piura.

  • 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.

  • 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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