NEWS

  • 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.

  • Peru's Congress Approves Consultation Law

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    Peruvian Congress approved in May a law which would require prior consultation with indigenous communities before starting any project that could affect their rights.

  • Defensoria del Pueblo

    Social Conflicts Increase in April

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    According to the regular monthly report compiled by the Office of Peru’s Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo), 260 social conflicts were registered in April, 14 of which are new conflicts and 132 (50% of the total) are associated with socio-environmental issues.

  • US Prisoner's 'Freedom' Generates Anger

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    US citizen Lori Berenson was granted parole by a judge in Lima at the end of May after serving 15 years of a 20-year sentence for allegedly collaborating with a Marxist rebel group, the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), during Peru’s internal armed conflict during the 1990s. She continues to deny the charges.

  • Peru's Economy to Grow in 2010

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    Peru's economy grew 1.3% in the first quarter of the current year compared with the last quarter of 2009, the National Statistics Institute (INEI) reported. The state agency also reported that the economy grew 8.76% in March compared to the same month in 2009. However, Walter Bayly of financial services company Credicorp in Peru has explained that this figure is partly due to fewer working days in March 2009, reports Bloomberg.

  • Indigenous Leader Released on Bail

    28 May 2010

    Alberto Pizango, leader of AIDESEP (Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana) has been released on bail, pending trial, following his detention by police as he arrived at Lima airport on May 26th. He had been in exile in Nicaragua since mid-June 2009.

  • News from the EU-LAC Summit

    19 May 2010

    Madrid May 18th
    The VI EU-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Summit of Heads of State and Government took place in Madrid (Spain) on May 18th 2010. A series of bilateral mini-summits were also held with specific LAC countries and sub-regions, including the Andean Community (CAN).

  • Garcia Replaces Justice Minister Amid Scandal

    Update 138. 23 April 2010

    President Alan García dismissed Justice Minister Aurelio Pastor on March 16th after investigations revealed irregularities regarding a pardon granted to José Enrique Crousillat, a former media executive. Crousillat was convicted of taking payoffs to broadcast favourable coverage for former president Alberto Fujimori's government in the 1990's.

  • Six Dead in Mining Protests

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Miners in Peru have ended a roadblock after clashes with police on April 4th led to the deaths of six people. Some 6,000 miners - variously termed ‘unlicensed’, ‘informal’, ‘independent’ or ‘wildcat’ - blocked a stretch of the Panamericana Sur highway in the town of Chala (Arequipa) in protest at a presidential decree (012-2010) issued in February that aimed to regulate illegal mining in the Peruvian Amazon region of Madre de Dios.

     

  • Peru Granted Extension for EITI Validation

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Following a meeting in Berlin on April 15th and 16th, the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the international standard for improved transparency in countries’ natural resource sector, has agreed to grant extensions to 16 countries, including Peru, for completing EITI Validation.

  • 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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