NEWS

  • National miners' strike: a non-event?

    25 May 2015

    The National Federation of Mine workers' national strike was called for May 18 “for an indefinite period”. There was little effect on mining output in the first week

  • The China connection

    25 May 2015

    Last week’s visit to Peru by Chinese Prime Minister Li Kiquang once again highlighted the importance of bilateral relations with China. China has not only become Peru’s top export market but also its main foreign investor.

  • MEF pronounces optimistic economic forecast

    25 May 2015

    The Minister of Economy and Finance, Alonso Segura, claims that the Peruvian economy is now on an “upward curve”, basing his assessment on better-than-expected growth figures for March.

  • Extractives: new report

    25 May 2015

    The Inter-American Dialogue, the Washington-based think tank and lobby organisation, has just published a report on the incidence of community-led protest across the Americas, with special attention to the Pacific Alliance countries: Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.

  • Forced sterilisation case reopened

    16 May 2015

    In yet another U-turn, the Peruvian judiciary has reopened the case on the forced sterilisation of women during the Fujimori government. On the recommendation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), it was announced on 10 May that the case would be re-opened. Two former health ministers and eight other health officials stand accused.

  • Defensoria reports 208 social conflicts

    16 May 2015

    Figures from the Defensoría (Ombudsman’s office) state that there were 208 conflicts (live or latent) in April along the length and breadth of the country. 67% of these were classified as protests against extractive projects by communities fearing their social or environmental impacts.

  • Judges accuse Fiscal de la Nacion

    16 May 2015

    On 13 May, the Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM), the body responsible for making judicial appointments, resolved by five votes to one to dismiss the Fiscal de la Nación, Carlos Ramos Heredia. It is the first time that a Fiscal de la Nación, who heads up the country’s public prosecution service, has been removed in this way.

  • Castaneda rocks opinion

    02 May 2015

    The new mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, has faced a challenging time in his first four months at the helm. In this short period he has managed to antagonise a large part of the city’s population, and his approval ratings have dwindled from a remarkable 70% support to around 50%, and they are still declining

  • Poverty down, slightly

    27 April 2015

    The proportion of Peruvians living in poverty fell in 2014, but at a much slower rate than in recent years.

  • Tia Maria protest

    27 April 2015

    One protestor, Victoriano Huayta Mina, was killed in clashes with the police in the conflictive region of Islay, Arequipa, on April 22. The protest was part of the campaign by locals in the communities of the Tambo valley to stop the Tía María open cast mine being constructed by Southern Peru Copper.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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