NEWS

  • Amnesty International: Peru revokes law denying justice for victims of past crimes

    15 September 2010

    Amnesty International has welcomed the Peruvian president's decision to revoke a new law which could grant amnesties to military personnel alleged to have committed human rights violations during the country's 1980 – 2000 internal armed conflict.

  • PEP Statement: Peru Takes a Step Backwards on Human Rights

    13 September 2010

    Members of the Peru Europe Platform (PEP) join with the Peruvian National Coordinator of Human Rights (CNDDHH) and strongly express their concern regarding the package of laws approved by the Peruvian government, under powers given to them by Congress regarding police and military matters.

  • Alan Garcia

    Garcia Rejects Consultation Law

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    Several indigenous groups and human rights organisations have expressed their disappointment at President Alan García's refusal to enact the so-called Law of Consultation (Ley de Consulta) which would give indigenous communities greater say in the development of either oil or mining projects on their lands.

  • Pedro Francke

    US FTA Brings Few Benefits to Peru

    Peru News 057. 17 August 2010

    Since coming into force on 1 February 2009, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between the US and Peru appears to have brought few benefits to the Andean nation, according a column by Pedro Francke, an economist at Lima's La Católica University, for Peruvian newspaper La Primera.

  • Alex Kouri

    The Countdown to Regional Elections & the Race for Lima's New Mayor

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    Regional and Municipal elections take place in Peru on 3 October when Peruvians will vote for mayors and regional presidents for the country's 25 regions and one province (Lima); and with that comes the race for the new mayor of Lima.

  • Oil pollution

    Communities Affected by Oil Spill in Peru's Amazon

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    High levels of contamination in the Marañón River, and a subsequent lack of clean drinking water, have been reported by several indigenous communities in the Loreto region of northern eastern Peru, following an oil spill in the area on 19 June.

  • Human Rights - Individual Reparations for Victims of Terrorism

    Peru News 057. 17 August 2010

    Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Velásquez Quesquén has announced government plans to make individual reparations to victims of terrorism next year.

  • Colombia and Peru: EU External Trade

    Peru News 057. 31 July 2010

    British politician Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda, has recently asked the British government a series of questions regarding the EU-Andean Community (CAN) multi-trade agreement with Peru and Colombia.

  • PetroPeru logo

    Perupetro Guarantees Reserve for Uncontacted Tribe

    Update 138. 16 July 2010

    Survival International reports that a reserve for uncontacted tribes in the Peruvian Amazon has been made off-limits to oil and gas companies. The majority of the reserve had been previously open to exploration by Brazilian company Petrobras, in an area known as 'Lot 110'. The reserve is inhabited by some of the world's last uncontacted indigenous people, a tribe known as the Murunahua (or Chitonahua), the organisation explains.

  • The Outcomes of Bagua: The Peruvian Amazon One Year on from the Violence

    29 June 2010

    Public Event - Bagua
    On 28 June 2010, the Peru Support Group held a public meeting at the Palace of Westminster in London to reflect upon what has happened in Peru one year on from the violence seen in Bagua.

  • 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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