• New study confirms heavy metals in children from La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco

    01 October 2017

    A recent study by the Quebec Institute of Public Health finds alarming levels of harmful heavy metals from samples taken from children in La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco. It analysed the hair, blood and urine of 24 children between 3 and 15 years old. All were found to have high levels of arsenic; 18 had high levels of lead in their blood.

  • Ombudsman taken to task

    01 October 2017

    Wálter Gutiérrez, the Defensor del Pueblo (Ombudsman), has been widely taken to task for a speech he delivered to the annual congress of mining companies, Perumin. In this, he said that “without investment there can be no growth and without growth human rights are not a reality for all”. While his remarks may have been the sort of thing that goes down well in the business community, they were not so welcome among human rights advocates and within left-wing parliamentary circles.

  • OEFA upbraids gold miner and is itself attacked

    01 October 2017

    The Tucari mine, owned by a company called Auntani SAC, is accused by OEFA of causing contamination of the Coralaque river, a water course that flows into the Tambo River downstream. But the functioning of OEFA itself, which is in part funded by the very companies it is seeking to oversee, is also under attack. On 22 September, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled in favour of a mining company, Perubar, which had complained about the system by which OEFA funds itself from the companies it supervises.

  • Peru displaces Chile in copper sales to China

    01 October 2017

    In the first eight months of this year Peru displaced Chile as the single most important source of copper supplied to China, according to Bloomberg.

  • Amnesty adds its voice to contamination claims

    24 September 2017

    In a report released this month, Amnesty International (AI) documents how communities suffer the consequences of high concentrations of toxic metals in their water supplies. The report states that the Peruvian authorities have failed in their duty to protect Indigenous communities.

  • Cooperaccion unveils monthly data update

    24 September 2017

    Cooperacción, the Lima-based NGO which monitors mining investment has just produced its first monthly electronic mining update.

  • Kenji throws down the gauntlet

    16 September 2017

    Only one member of the FP bloc in Congress voted against the motion of no-confidence; none other than Kenji Fujimori.

  • New requirements in environmental damage cases

    16 September 2017

    The Environment Ministry (Minam) has recently published new regulations designed to clarify the procedures to be followed in cases of assessment of environmental damages. This concerns the technical reports, known as ‘Informes Fundamentados’, which now have to be produced as evidence before cases can come before the judges.

  • Block 192 deadline passes with silence from government

    16 September 2017

    Communities living in the vicinity of Block 192 (in Loreto region) and the federations representing indigenous peoples from the four river valleys involved have issued a strongly-worded note of protest, having failed to receive any assurances from the government that their demands will be met.

  • A date for your diary

    16 September 2017

    The Peru Support Group will be holding its annual conference on 14 October at the Institute of Global Governance, at University College London (UCL), 29-31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU. Registration will begin at 10am. The theme of conference will be on the criminalisation of protest in Peru, and the keynote speaker will be the lawyer Mirtha Vásquez from Grufides in Cajamarca.

  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • 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.

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