• Supreme Court rules in Chaupes' favour

    07 May 2017

    The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Maxima Chaupe in the long-running case between her family and Yanacocha Mining.

  • Invitation to book launch

    07 May 2017

    On 19 May, John Crabtree and Francisco Durand will be launching their co-authored book ‘Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture’.

  • Canadian firm pulls out of Block 135

    28 April 2017

    Writing in the Guardian blog, David Hill reports that Pacific Exploration and Production has pulled out of Block 135 in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Oxfam report on inequality

    28 April 2017

    Oxfam last week published a report on inequality in Peru in which it criticised the tax system for focusing on indirect taxes and not raising the tax contributions paid by large corporations.

  • Kichwas from the Alto Tigre demand better education services

    28 April 2017

    Kichwa peoples from communities in the Upper Tigre valley in Loreto are demanding that the government provide better educational provision for their children. In a meeting on 16 April, representatives protested against the announcement that classes would be suspended.

  • Environmental and social abuse continues in informal gold production

    10 April 2017

    Informal gold mining in the Selva continues, visibly ‘eroding river banks’ and ‘turn[ing] the water brown, orange and even a light blue’. The government’s main effort at regulation so far has consisted of reducing the complexity of registering; the new law in March reduced the required federal permits from six to three.

  • Happy Easter

    10 April 2017

    The PSG wishes all its readers a very happy time at this season.
    Our next Newsletter will be published the weekend 29/30 April.


  • Unions continue pressure in the copper sector

    10 April 2017

    The striking workers at Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mine in the department of Arequipa finally accepted the company’s offer of improved family health benefits and an earlier date for the payment of their share of profits. The 1300 employees returned to work on 31 March after 18 days on strike.

  • A date for your diary

    10 April 2017

    John Crabtree and Francisco Durand will be launching their new book, entitled 'Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture', on Tuesday 16 May at 5pm at the Latin American Centre, Saint Antony's College, Oxford, and at the Institute for Latin American Studies, University College London in Gordon Square on Friday 19 May at 5.30pm.

  • Tension continues in the copper sector

    03 April 2017

    The strike over worker benefits and the share in profits at Cerro Verde, the largest copper producer in Peru, began two weeks ago with 1300 of the 1650 employees downing tools. It was forced to end on 21 March once the Ministry of Labour declared it illegal, but the union immediately started a fresh strike the following day when talks did not yield results.

  • 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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