Event: Mining Investment and Social Conflict in Peru

05 March 2012

Date: Monday, 12th March 2012
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Senate House, Room 104, London, WC1E 7HU

Mining investment today constitutes one of Peru's principal sources of capital inflows. Revenue from the extractive industries also provides a vital source of finance for the social programmes introduced by President Ollanta Humala. Despite its importance for the central government, mining activity in the country continues to prove highly controversial and protests against projects are common. One dispute, over the Minas Conga project in northern Peru, ended with the fall of the Salomon Lerner cabinet late last year. This is the first time in the country's history that a mining conflict has had such significant political ramifications.

This Peru Support Group event, kindly hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, will feature analysis of the Conga project, and the wider issues of mining and conflict in Peru, from Peruvian expert JOSE DE ECHAVE. As director of Lima-based NGO CooperAcción, José has developed extensive expertise in the operation of the extractive industries in Peru. During the first few months of the Humala administration he also served as vice environmental minister, where he played a key role in negotiations over the Conga project (prior to the cabinet reshuffle).

To register for this event please either contact us at info@perusupportgroup.org.uk or 0207 263 1016. Alternatively, you can register by marking yourself as 'attending' on the Facebook event page.

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  • 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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