• PSG Annual Conference 2007: 'Participation, Power and Politics: Inequality, Social Discrimination and Exclusion'

    Update 125. 31 January 2008

    On December 8th (2007) the Peru Support Group held its annual conference at Oxford Brookes University.

  • Editorial: 'New APRA'?

    Update 124. 30 November 2007

    As Peru's neighbours - particularly Ecuador and Bolivia, but also to some extent Chile and Brazil - rebrand themselves as leftist or social democratic regimes, the Garcia government seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Having once posed as the standard bearer of European style social democracy in Latin America, the 'reborn' Alan Garcia is keen to erase this political identity, both in word and deed.

  • The Peruvian Paradox

    Update 124. 30 November 2007

    We used to think that the un/popularity of a government was in some way linked to the success/failure of its economic policies, and that such success/failure would influence people's faith in democracy.

  • Editorial: Two Hits for Democracy

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    The month of September has brought two important decisions, both (in different ways) helping to affirm democracy in Peru. First, the local referendum (or consulta) in Ayabaca, Carmen de la Frontera and Pacaipampa (Piura) resulted in around 90% of those who participated voting against the development of Rio Blanco. Second, the Chilean Supreme Court upheld Peru's request for the disgraced former president, Alberto Fujimori to be extradited to Peru.

  • 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.

  • 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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