NEWS

  • Amazon oil spills: case taken to the IACHR

    13 March 2016

    The oil spills in the Amazon in January and February this year are causing increasing and ever deeper concern as stories of human rights abuse emerge, particularly the rights of the child. Pressure is now mounting on Petroperú.

  • Attempts to start dialogue at Las Bambas

    06 March 2016

    The tense situation reported in last week's newsletter on the Las Bambas copper mine has hopefully been diffused by the commencement of a 'dialogue table' (mesa de diálogo) – a forum for discussion – in the province of Cotabambas in Apurímac.

  • David and Goliath in UK High Court: Cuzco communities versus Xstrata

    06 March 2016

    A long-awaited and important event took place in the High Court in London this week. 25 February saw the preliminary hearing in the case being brought by a group of Peruvian citizens against the mining giant Xstrata. The claimants argue that the company is responsible for the deaths and injuries occasioned by the actions of the Peruvian National Police (PNP).

  • OMCT report denounces harassment of human rights defenders

    06 March 2016

    The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) has issued a report highlighting the increasing trend of criminalisation of human rights defenders across Latin America, particularly those defending rights in the context of natural resource extraction.

  • ADEX highlights export concentration

    27 February 2016

    ADEX, the Peruvian exporters’ association, has published some interesting numbers about how few exporters account for the lion’s share of Peru’s exports.

  • Guzman's candidacy ruled in

    27 February 2016

    On 24 February, the Special Electoral Jury (Jurado Electoral Especial, JEE) ruled Julio Guzman’s candidacy to the presidency acceptable.

  • 2016 EITI Global Conference - Follow the Peru Support Group for ongoing coverage of the event

    23 February 2016

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) 7th Global Conference will be held in Lima, 24-25 February 2016. 

    Follow us on Twitter (@Perusupport) and Facebook (/Perusupport) for up-to-date coverage and analysis of the #EITI2016 conference. Make sure also to look for further updates and follow up on our Website.

     

  • Las Bambas: community tension amid 'secret' presidential visit

    20 February 2016

    There is protest yet again at Las Bambas, the giant copper mine in Apurímac owned by the Chinese firm MMG Ltd. Tensions were heightened at the start of last week when rumours began to circulate of a visit by President Humala to the mine. On the night of 15/16 February, a group of 400 community members reoccupied the land.

  • Oil spills alarm Amazon populations

    20 February 2016

    Peru’s 42-year old Northern Peru Oil Pipeline, which connects the oilfields of Loreto with the refinery and port of Talara, is again showing its age and repeatedly putting at risk the populations living along its course. The latest cause for alarm took place on 17 February

  • Maxima Acuna faces new acts of harassment.

    15 February 2016

    On 10 February, the OMCT (World Organisation against Torture), issued an urgent action on behalf of Máxima Acuña Chaupe, alleging that she again has suffered acts of intimidation and threats against her and her family.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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