• CGTP protests against labour liberalisation policies

    19 January 2019

    The Confederación General de Trabajo del Perú (CGTP), Peru’s largest and oldest labour confederation, organised protest marches in Lima and other regional centres last week in protest at the government’s plans to legislate changes ostensibly designed to raise Peru’s competitiveness.

  • CNDH launches campaign to highlight role of human rights defenders

    19 January 2019

    The Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) has just launched their latest campaign to highlight the importance of the work carried out by human rights defenders.

  • PSG presents written evidence to Foreign Affairs Select Committee

    19 January 2019

    In response to the request by the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, the PSG submitted a document outlining problems associated with extractive industries in Peru and the observance of human rights standards.

  • Forestry regulator loses independence

    12 January 2019

    Last month, OSINFOR (Organismo Supervisor de Recursos Forestales), one of the few truly effective supervisory bodies of forestry resources, lost its autonomy through its relegation from the Council of Ministers to the Environment Ministry, widely regarded as toothless in dealing with illegal logging and other environmental crimes.

  • Fresh conflict over Las Bambas

    12 January 2019

    Last week saw the recurrence of conflict over the route by which copper is transported to port from the giant Chinese-owned mine at Las Bambas in Apurímac. The route between Las Bambas and the port of Matarani in Arequipa region has been declared in a ‘state of emergency’ suspending guarantees and giving police widespread powers to act.

  • Mining companies look for solutions to climate change challenge

    05 January 2019

    Major global mining companies are reading the runes of climate change and looking for technical answers to their dependence on fossil fuels and shrinking water availability. The Financial Times has interviewed miners at Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP who make clear their view that the industry, as presently construed, is unsustainable.

  • Fresh approach to drugs control urged

    05 January 2019

    The UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA), published their much-delayed annual coca reduction monitoring report for 2017. The findings of the report has aroused further criticism of the conceptual framework of the so-called ‘War on Drugs’. 

  • Abolition of dialogue table at Las Bambas causes concern

    17 December 2018

    The giant Chinese-owned Las Bambas project has triggered multiple conflicts over the years. We have described many times the difficulties faced by the dialogue table (mesa de diálogo), suspended two years ago. The 'tidying up' legislation just approved includes the suspended table in the 55 items which it abolishes as non-functional, the list including commissions, committees, working groups, dialogue tables and the like.

  • Pressure builds for Tia Maria to start up

    17 December 2018

    Tía María is a large copper deposit located in the south of Peru, the rights for which are owned by Southern Peru Copper Corporation. From the very start of Southern's involvement, there have been serious concerns over the mine’s impact on water supplies for local agriculture. In 2011 and 2015, protests against the project led to the deaths of six people. Southern is now increasing its pressure on the government to grant it the construction permit.

  • Climate change and extractives

    17 December 2018

    The ending of the climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, this week reminds us of the critical role the extractives industries have within the climate change debate.

  • 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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