• Attempts to start dialogue at Las Bambas

    06 March 2016

    The tense situation reported in last week's newsletter on the Las Bambas copper mine has hopefully been diffused by the commencement of a 'dialogue table' (mesa de diálogo) – a forum for discussion – in the province of Cotabambas in Apurímac.

  • David and Goliath in UK High Court: Cuzco communities versus Xstrata

    06 March 2016

    A long-awaited and important event took place in the High Court in London this week. 25 February saw the preliminary hearing in the case being brought by a group of Peruvian citizens against the mining giant Xstrata. The claimants argue that the company is responsible for the deaths and injuries occasioned by the actions of the Peruvian National Police (PNP).

  • OMCT report denounces harassment of human rights defenders

    06 March 2016

    The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) has issued a report highlighting the increasing trend of criminalisation of human rights defenders across Latin America, particularly those defending rights in the context of natural resource extraction.

  • ADEX highlights export concentration

    27 February 2016

    ADEX, the Peruvian exporters’ association, has published some interesting numbers about how few exporters account for the lion’s share of Peru’s exports.

  • Guzman's candidacy ruled in

    27 February 2016

    On 24 February, the Special Electoral Jury (Jurado Electoral Especial, JEE) ruled Julio Guzman’s candidacy to the presidency acceptable.

  • 2016 EITI Global Conference - Follow the Peru Support Group for ongoing coverage of the event

    23 February 2016

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) 7th Global Conference will be held in Lima, 24-25 February 2016. 

    Follow us on Twitter (@Perusupport) and Facebook (/Perusupport) for up-to-date coverage and analysis of the #EITI2016 conference. Make sure also to look for further updates and follow up on our Website.


  • Las Bambas: community tension amid 'secret' presidential visit

    20 February 2016

    There is protest yet again at Las Bambas, the giant copper mine in Apurímac owned by the Chinese firm MMG Ltd. Tensions were heightened at the start of last week when rumours began to circulate of a visit by President Humala to the mine. On the night of 15/16 February, a group of 400 community members reoccupied the land.

  • 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.

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