NEWS

  • Minas Conga Update

    18 April 2012

    The controversy over the £3bn (US$4.8bn) Minas Conga gold mine planned for Cajamarca continued this month. While the high courts overruled local government efforts to block the project, an international review panel recommended substantial changes to minimise Conga's environmental impact.

  • Oil Firm Criticised for Peru Operations

    16 April 2012

    In mid-April American NGO E-Tech International published a highly critical report of the operations of Anglo-French oil firm Perenco in Loreto, northern Peru.

    The report claims the company’s activities in Lot 67 are damaging the surrounding area and have had negative impacts on indigenous communities living nearby.

  • Government Publishes Consultation Rules

    03 April 2012

    On 3rd April the Humala administration published details of how the Prior Consultation Law - a measure obliging the state to consult with indigenous groups over extractive projects - would be applied in practice. While the passing of the original law in September 2011 was welcomed by a wide variety of groups, the new regulations have faced criticism from several quarters.

  • PSG News Summary: March 2012

    31 March 2012

    Our summary of the major news stories from Peru in March is now available. This month's edition features the following articles:

    Falklands Dispute Embroils Peru; Humala 'Favoured' Jailed Brother; La Oroya Activists Threatened; Unofficial Review Criticises Conga Study; Campaigners Denounce Threats to Uncontacted Indians 

  • Event: Mining Investment and Social Conflict in Peru

    05 March 2012

    Date: Monday, 12th March 2012
    Time: 12:00 - 14:00
    Venue: Senate House, Room 104, London, WC1E 7HU

    This Peru Support Group event, kindly hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, will feature analysis of the Conga project, and the wider issues of mining and conflict in Peru, from Peruvian expert JOSE DE ECHAVE. José is director of Lima-based NGO CooperAcción and former vice environmental minister.

  • 31 NGOs Sign Letter on Minas Conga Protests

    08 December 2011

    Two networks of European NGOs, CIDSE and Plataforma Europa Perú (of which the PSG is a member), today sent an open letter to President Ollanta Humala in response to recent events in the Cajamarca region. The letter expresses concern over the breakdown of talks with locals protesting against the Minas Conga project and over the government's decision to declare a state of emergency in the area. It also requests that the project's Environmental Impact Assessment be re-examined.

  • PSG News Summary: November 2011

    30 November 2011

    Our summary of the major news stories from Peru in November is now available. This month's edition features the following articles:

    Minas Conga Conflict Tests Humala; Investigation of Forced Sterilisations Reopened; Congress to Debate Chehade Suspension; Mining Protests Hit Andahuaylas; and Government Moves against Illegal Miners.

  • Peru News Summary: October 2011

    31 October 2011

    Our summary of the major news stories from Peru in October is now available. This month's edition features the following articles:

    Vice President Chehade Investigated for Corruption; Humala Sacks 30 Police Chiefs; Plans for Hydroelectric Project Scrapped; Renewed Conflict Over Yanacocha Gold Mine; Women’s Minister Survives Calls for Resignation.

  • 100 Days of Humala: Policies and Perspectives

    10 October 2011

    Date: Saturday 29th October
    Time:
    10:30am - 5pm
    Venue:
    CAFOD Offices, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

    The Peru Support Group's Annual Conference will this year examine the performance of the new administration during its first 100 days in government. Speakers, including Gustavo Gorriti, Lord Avebury, Rosemary Thorp CBE, John Crabtree, Natalia Sobrevilla and others, will discuss the policy initiatives advanced by Humala thus far and identify key challenges facing the country going forward.

  • P/T Research Intern Vacancy

    28 September 2011

    The Peru Support Group is currently seeking a part-time intern to assist with research on a variety of human rights and development-related projects. The intern will make a real contribution to our organisation and gain valuable experience of working in the third sector.

  • 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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