• Indigenous organisations of the Amazon speak out against the Hydrocarbons bill

    16 September 2018

    The Hydrocarbons bill now approved by Congress's Energy and Mining Commission is generating fierce opposition from Amazonian indigenous groups, and from the principal national environmental and human rights groups. The central demand is that Congress backtrack on the approval.

  • Apurimac women study their rights

    16 September 2018

    A further session took place this week in the series organised by the Centro Bartolomé de las Casas and Cooperacción. The first took place in May in Cotabambas. Five workshops have now taken place in September in various districts of Cotabambas, attended by 400 women. The focus as before was the strengthening of self esteem and leadership, while much of the discussion revolved around domestic violence.

  • Women pallaqueras achieve recognition

    09 September 2018

    In artisan small-scale gold mining, women find themselves at the bottom of the pile. So argues Solidaridad, a Netherlands-based international civil society organisation founded in 1969. The organisation played a key role in developing the Fair Trade movement.

  • Chavarry digs in

    09 September 2018

    Voices calling for the resignation of the Fiscal de la Nación, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, continue, but fall on deaf ears. This past week Congress has asked the Fujimorista majority to ensure the constitutional accusation against him proceeds; the evidence that he was part of the judicial corruption ring in Callao is powerful.

  • BBC highlights child poisoning in Cerro de Pasco

    09 September 2018

    Grace Livingstone has this week published an account on the BBC’s website of the perils of children whose bloodstreams have been found to contain dangerous levels of metal poisoning in the area around Cerro de Pasco, one of Peru’s major mining centres.

  • Fresh trouble at Las Bambas

    01 September 2018

    The government has once again declared a state of emergency along the route linking Las Bambas with the port of Matarani, giving police special powers to deal with a string of protests to have emerged over the past two weeks.

  • Further reports of illegal mining in Cenepa region

    01 September 2018

    The Vigilante Amazónico last week reported accusations by members of the Awajún and Wampi ethnic groups that mining companies had moved in heavy equipment on rivers in their territories in the Amazonas region of northern Peru.

  • Thanks for your generosity!

    18 August 2018

    The Peru Support Group would like to thank all of you who have so generously contributed to our crowdfunding campaign.

  • UK Public Holiday

    18 August 2018

    The Newsletter will not be published next week because of the UK August Public Holiday.

  • BBC reports on Tintaya

    18 August 2018

    Grace Livingstone has a useful report from Peru in which she talks to people living close to Glencore’s mine at Tintaya, Espinar in Cuzco. The tale of environmental pollution is a familiar one. In the recording, she also talks to representatives of Glencore.

  • 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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