NEWS

  • Constitutional Tribunal upholds Yanacocha over the Lagunas de Alto Peru

    11 June 2017

    On 6 June, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled in favour of the mining company Yanacocha, which has for years been fighting a 2007 order of the provincial municipality of San Pablo in Cajamarca. This created a Protected Environmental Area to preserve the so-called Lagunas de Alto Perú.

  • Indigenous groups allege state complicity in deforestation

    04 June 2017

    A group of indigenous organisations in Ucayali have once again drawn attention to the activities of companies operated by Dennis Melka in destroying virgin jungle in this Amazonian region. On 26 May, in a new declaration, the indigenous groups accused the regional authorities of complicity with the activities of Melka and his associates.

  • Congress passes Apurimac development law but does little more than urge executive action

    04 June 2017

    PSG reported last December on the government’s offer to come up with a plan for Apurímac region to assuage concerns among local communities that they would lose more than they would gain from the vast Las Bambas copper mine being developed by the Chinese company MMG. It has taken six months for Congress to approve a bill (proyecto de ley), and one that lacks relevant detail.

  • Toledo emerges from the shadows

    28 May 2017

    Last week, an unrepentant ex-president Alejandro Toledo emerged back into the limelight from the shadows where he has lurked ever since the Peruvian authorities launched extradition proceedings against him at the beginning of February.

  • PSG event on forced sterilisation

    28 May 2017

    On the evening of Wednesday 21 June, Esperanza Guayama, president of the Association of Forcefully Sterilised Women from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, will be attending an event jointly organised by the Peru Support Group, Amnesty International and the University of Kent. This will take place at Amnesty International House in London, probably at 5.30pm.

  • Responsibility for land use regulation shifted to Council of Ministers

    21 May 2017

    Ordenamiento territorial, or land use regulation, has moved to the centre-stage of land policy, with infrastructure and mining projects threatening existing land rights and livelihoods. The lack of a clearly-defined demarcation of land use is a permanent source of conflict, while investors seek guarantees as to secure access to the concessions they are granted.

  • Unions resist labour market liberalisation moves

    21 May 2017

    The National Federation of Miners, Metallurgy and Steelworkers, meeting in Lima last week, voted in favour of a national strike next month in opposition to the government’s proposals to further liberalise the labour market.

  • Indigenous communities reject Decree 1333 U-turn

    13 May 2017

    On 8 May, indigenous organizations forming the Pacto de Unidad, a coalition of six indigenous organisations with a national reach, voiced concern at attempts by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to block an initiative in Congress that would have repealed Legislative Decree No. 1333.

  • Alan Garcia: Odebrecht's candidate for 2016?

    13 May 2017

    According to João Santana, Odebrecht sought to hire him as an advisor for Alan García’s 2016 presidential election.

  • Garcia named in Brazil testimony

    07 May 2017

    The figure of former president Alan García has taken something of a back-seat in the scandals surrounding bribery by Brazilian construction firms in the last three months. The media has focused primarily on former presidents Alejandro Toledo and Ollanta Humala. The former is now the subject of two extradition requests submitted by the Peruvian authorities to the United States; the latter is the centre of swirling rumours about the role played by Odebrecht in helping fund his 2011 election campaign to the tune of US$3 million.

  • 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.

  • 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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