NEWS

  • Bolivia and Peru: change of tone?

    06 November 2016

    The visit by President Kuczynski to Bolivia, where he met with Evo Morales in Sucre, marks an improvement in relations between the two countries. Despite their ideological differences, Kuczynski and Morales pledged to mend fences.

  • Loreto oil spills: conflict continues.

    29 October 2016

    Indigenous communities in Loreto have now been on strike for two months, blocking the river Marañon. Faced with the effects of nine oil spills this year, they are desperate to force action from the government. Rolando Luque, the new ONDS chief, went to Saramillo as his first visit in his new job.

  • Bill to end private police contracts in mines

    29 October 2016

    The left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) tabled legislation on 25 October that, if approved, would bring to an end the practice whereby detachments of the police are stationed within privately-owned mining camps.

  • New law should help identification of violence victims

    29 October 2016

    No-one knows for sure how many people were killed in the war between Sendero and the state in the 1980s and early 1990s, nor how many people just ‘disappeared’. The problem of discovering where people are buried, establishing their identity and enabling their bereaved relatives to bury them properly is on-going.

  • Peru Support Group's Annual Conference on 5 November

    20 October 2016

    THE PERU SUPPORT GROUP
    ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016

    Human Rights and Development under PPK

    5th November 2016
    UCL Global Governance Institute
    29 – 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

    Registration and coffee start at 10:30am; conference starts at 11:00am
    Members and Concessions £8, non-members £13


    Please register your attendance in advance if possible.
    Email: coordinator@perusupportgroup.org.uk to register

    For a detailed agenda please click on the subject heading

  • Violence at Las Bambas, again

    16 October 2016

    In spite of the round-table meeting (mesa de diálogo) between communities, local officials, MMG and ministerial delegations earlier this month, violence has once again broken out at Las Bambas. On 14 October, one person was reported killed and many injured in a battle between police and community members. Quintino Cereceda Huisa is the first person to lose his life in a socio-environmental conflict during the present government. He was shot in the head.

  • Opposition to TPP

    16 October 2016

    Rallies took place in Lima on 12 October in protest at the Peruvian government’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and further protests are scheduled to coincide with the presence of US President Barrack Obama in Lima for the APEC summit next month.

  • Forest restoration reported

    16 October 2016

    Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has revealed that forest cover may being restored in areas previously mined for gold in parts of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. This is an indigenous protected area in the Madre de Dios region and part of the ancestral lands of the Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga peoples. It boasts exceptional biodiversity, including many endangered and endemic species.

  • Education minister under siege

    10 October 2016

    Over the past couple of weeks Education Minister Jaime Saavedra has seen his popularity fall because of a concerted effort by Apristas and Fujimoristas to bring him down. On the face of it, this has to do with his shortcomings in preparing for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima; most commentators, however, believe that it has more to do with his support for the University Law that they want to see repealed.

  • Abuse of influence uncovered

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the first scandal come to light within the new administration. On 7 October, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala offered a press conference to confirm that the case against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s former health adviser, Carlos Moreno Chacón, had been referred to the public prosecution service for corruption.

  • 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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