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  • Iquitos court fines Melka cocoa company and sentences executives to jail

    03 August 2019

    Cacao del Perú Norte, owned by Dennis Melka, was found to have evaded due process when, in 2012, it cleared over 2,000 hectares of forest in Tamshiyacu, in the province of Maynas. Now known as Tamshi S.A.C. the enterprise was further accused of ignoring orders from the agriculture ministry to curtail its operations. Executives failed to convince the court that deforestation had not occurred. The general manager received an eight-year prison sentence, and four-year suspended sentences were given to the agricultural engineer and the chief of operations.

  • Tia Maria: the government takes protest seriously

    29 July 2019

    Ahead of his major speech for Fiestas Patrias, Martín Vizcarra exerted all the authority he could muster to calm the situation at Tía María. On Wednesday 24 July he went to Arequipa in person with Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and the ministers of agriculture, environment, and energy and mines. With continuing protests in Arequipa itself he spent nearly three hours in debate with the seven governors of the southern regions of Peru. His approach reflected the value he places of the regional system, a product of his own background as former regional governor of Moquegua.

  • Abusada, IPE and the woes of the business sector

    29 July 2019

    Roberto Abusada, president of the Instituto Peruano de Economía (IPE), has long been an influential advocate of neoliberalism in Peru. IPE has been one of the main think tanks that has supported liberalising policies over the last 30 years, but today it seems that its message is failing to be taken quite so blithely by those in charge of the Vizcarra government’s economic policies.

  • Tension mounts over Tia Maria as government tries to walk tightrope

    21 July 2019

    The indefinite strike announced last week by the communities of the Tambo valley in Arequipa began on Monday 15 July. It was a response to the government's granting of the crucial construction permit to Southern Peru Copper Corporation. As we went to press the blockade of routes in the area was continuing, and protesters had blocked roads leading to and from the port of Matarani

  • UK government offers to support human rights defenders

    21 July 2019

    The British government this month issued the UK guidelines for human rights defenders looking for international support. The document ‘UK Support for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs)’ outlines why human rights defenders are important to the British government and how the latter recognises the risks they incur in defending and promoting human rights.

  • Indigenous organisations demand inclusion of their proposals in climate change regulations

    14 July 2019

    The national federation representing Amazonian indigenous peoples and the organization representing Amazonian and Andean indigenous women have presented a demand to the environment ministry, that they be included in the regulations governing the implementation of the climate change law. They also want the regulations to be consistent with international agreements protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Indigenous peoples in Ucayali and San Martin suffer new waves of land-grabbing

    14 July 2019

    Faced with a surge of settlers along penetration roads into Amazonia, regional governments are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to free up land for the newcomers as well as to accommodate the expanding commercial plantations that the migrants aspire to work for.

  • Seminario doubts growth forecast

    06 July 2019

    Bruno Seminario from the Universidad del Pacifico is perhaps Peru’s deepest thinker about growth patterns, having pioneered the study of growth over the duration of the republic. According to him, the government’s revised growth forecast for 2019 is still overly optimistic.

  • Fujimori hearing postponed

    06 July 2019

    5 July was the day that the Supreme Court was to adjudicate on whether Keiko Fujimori should be released from jail or not. Just before the session was due to begin, one of the judges, Jorge Castañeda, was obliged to retire from judging.

  • Amazon oil spill reactivates long-standing conflicts between indigenous communities, the state and Petroperu

    06 July 2019

    On 19 June, OEFA, the state environmental monitoring and supervision agency, announced yet another oil spill from the northern branch of the pipeline running from the Peruvian Amazon to the Pacific coast. It announced that its supervisors had entered the area to identify the possible cause and evaluate environmental impacts.

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    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.

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    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. 

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