• Six Dead in Mining Protests

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Miners in Peru have ended a roadblock after clashes with police on April 4th led to the deaths of six people. Some 6,000 miners - variously termed ‘unlicensed’, ‘informal’, ‘independent’ or ‘wildcat’ - blocked a stretch of the Panamericana Sur highway in the town of Chala (Arequipa) in protest at a presidential decree (012-2010) issued in February that aimed to regulate illegal mining in the Peruvian Amazon region of Madre de Dios.


  • Peru Granted Extension for EITI Validation

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Following a meeting in Berlin on April 15th and 16th, the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the international standard for improved transparency in countries’ natural resource sector, has agreed to grant extensions to 16 countries, including Peru, for completing EITI Validation.

  • Indigenous Community Accuses UK-Listed Company of Pollution

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Two indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have filed a complaint against UK-listed oil company Maple Energy Plc with the ombudsman of the World Bank's International Finance Corp (IFC). They are accusing the oil company of polluting their ancestral land and rivers.

  • Free Health Care for Peru's Poorest

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    The Peruvian government has passed legislation which should give the country’s poorest people access to free health care. The Ministry of Health will categorise people according to their socioeconomic status.

  • Delay to Rio Tinto's La Granja Project

    Peru News 054. 23 April 2010

    Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto is likely to spend another 12-24 months to complete a study of development option at its La Granja copper project in Peru, according to the company’s chief Executive Andrew Harding.

  • Peru and EU Seal Trade Agreement

    Peru News 053. 31 March 2010

    Peru and Colombia sealed a Multiparty Trade Agreement - often simply referred to as a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) - with the European Union (EU) late February.

  • Countries Miss EITI Deadline

    Peru News 053. 31 March 2010

    Only two countries out of a total of 22 candidates have managed to complete the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) Validation process.

  • Perenco Submits Environmental Impact Study for Oil Pipeline

    Peru News 053. 31 March 2010

    The Anglo-French company Perenco has submitted this month an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Peru's Mining and Energy Ministry (MINEM) for the construction of a 129 mile oil pipeline project. The proposed oil pipeline would start in the Amazon, cross the Andes and end on the Pacific coast.

  • Afrodita's Mining Operations Suspended 'Indefinitely'

    Peru News 053. 31 March 2010

    The Peruvian government suspended mining company Afrodita’s explorations activities in the northern Amazon region in mid-February after the firm was unable to prove its ownership of concession rights, the Ministry of Mining and Energy said in an official statement.

  • Mining Association Expels Doe Run for Poor Record on Pollution

    Peru News 052. 28 February 2010

    US mining company Doe Run has been expelled as a member of Peru's National Society of Mining, Oil and Energy (SNMPE) for not complying with its environmental responsibilities.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • 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.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member