• 'Popular Consultation' on the Río Blanco Project confirmed

    Update 122. 31 July 2007

    Authorities representing the communities closest to the Río Blanco mining project in the province of Piura have announced that a local referendum will be held on September 16th 2007 to decide whether or not they are in favour of Minera Majaz's (Monterrico Metals) proposed mine.

  • Coca Cultivation Increases in Peru, According to White House Report

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) estimates a 17% increase in coca cultivation and cocaine production potential when compared to similar survey areas assessed during 2005, and a 25% increase when including survey areas assessed for the first time in 2006.

  • García Granted Emergency Powers

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    Peruvian Congress overwhelmingly approved emergency powers at the end of April for President Alan García in order to deal with drug trafficking and organised crime.

  • The PSG Welcomes a New Coordinator

    Update 121. 31 May 2007

    The PSG bids farewell to Sophie Paton, our coordinator for nearly 3 years and welcomes Gaby Drinkwater in her place.

  • Amnesty International protect human rights defenders in Peru

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    Human rights defender Javier Rodolfo Jahncke Benavente has received a death threat which appears to be linked to his work to protect the rights of communities affected by mining projects in the north of Peru.

  • Peruvian Government promises sustainable use of water

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    On World Water Day, the Peruvian ministries of Housing and Construction, Agriculture, the National Institute of Natural Resources, the Association of Municipalites of Peru and the National Council of Irrigators have signed a 'social pact' to promote the sustainable use of water at a national level.

  • PSG gets extra capacity with a Progressio Development Worker

    Update 120. 31 March 2007

    We would like to welcome Charlie Smith to the Peru Support Group as our Advocacy Correspondent and Consultant. Charlie is a Progressio development worker based in Peru and will therefore be able to provide us with invaluable support and information from the field.

  • Controversy over Inter American Court of Human Rights rulings

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    At the end of 2006, the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) dictated sentences on two cases from 1992. One ruled the Peruvian State responsible for the killing of nine students and a university teacher from La Cantuta University; the second for the execution of 41 prisoners accused of terrorism in Castro Castro prison.

  • Economy on a high

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    GDP growth in 2006 is expected to reach 6%. This is the highest annual rate of growth since 1986, just prior to the hyperinflationary crash in the last two years of Alan García's first government.

  • Setbacks for Reparations Process: Debate over Ojo que Llora Monument

    Update 119. 31 January 2007

    Since early January, in disregard for human rights involving calling for the death penalty, rejecting an Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) sentences and intents to delegitimise NGOs, conservative sectors have been demanding the Ojo que Llora (Eye that Cries) monument be shut down because it would 'honour terrorists.'

  • 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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