• Oil spills alarm Amazon populations

    20 February 2016

    Peru’s 42-year old Northern Peru Oil Pipeline, which connects the oilfields of Loreto with the refinery and port of Talara, is again showing its age and repeatedly putting at risk the populations living along its course. The latest cause for alarm took place on 17 February

  • Maxima Acuna faces new acts of harassment.

    15 February 2016

    On 10 February, the OMCT (World Organisation against Torture), issued an urgent action on behalf of Máxima Acuña Chaupe, alleging that she again has suffered acts of intimidation and threats against her and her family.

  • Candidates opine on ILO 169

    15 February 2016

    When asked by the newspaper La República whether they thought that there should be prior consultation before mining projects are permitted, only half of the 19 candidates replied that there should.

  • Death of a great campaigner

    15 February 2016

    It is with great sadness that we heard yesterday of the death of Lord Avebury. Eric Avebury was president of the Peru Support Group for many years.

  • Report criticises shortcomings in honouring Convention 169 commitments

    15 February 2016

    A report analysing the implementation of ILO Convention 169 (Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989) by the Peruvian government has been released. Through case examples, the report analyses in detail a number of shortcomings, showing how the Peruvian government has failed to live up to its international commitments. It identifies recommendations.

  • Dodgy funding sources?

    07 February 2016

    Political parties are desperate to access funding, especially sources of funding that effectively bypass the oversight of the electoral authorities. The ONPE, the entity in charge of administering electoral processes, has admitted that it is unable to establish the origin of cash flows to political parties from outside Peru.

  • PSG 'presente' in EITI forum

    07 February 2016

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) will hold its Global Conference in Lima. A side event will be held on 23 February (1.30pm to 3.30pm) in the main conference venue, the Lima Convention Center, in which the PSG, together with Oxfam, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and Propuesta Ciudadana, will raise concerns about the way in which the EITI’s Civil Society Protocol is being implemented in practice.

  • Acuna under the spotlight, again

    07 February 2016

    Recently  we examined the charges made against César Acuña of plagiarising his academic work. This week’s accusation against him is that he reprinted a book published in 1999 by Otoniel Alvarez, claiming that he was the sole author. Alvarez has denounced Acuña for plagiarism.

  • TI sees corruption worsening

    01 February 2016

    Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Index was released on January 27. Peru comes in relatively high. In the ranking of 168 countries worldwide, Peru was roughly half way down in 88th place.

  • Zika virus: Peru no longer exempt

    01 February 2016

    The first certified case of infection from the zika virus was validated by the health authorities on 29 January. The infection is expected to expand rapidly, particularly in those parts of Peru with a tropical or semi-tropical climate.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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