• The Left makes gains in Cajamarca, under improbable circumstances

    17 April 2016

    Gregorio Santos, a candidate for the Direct Democracy party, was the clear winner in the first round of elections in Cajamarca, achieving 36.5% of the popular vote, to Keiko Fujimori’s 32.3%. What makes this result particularly remarkable is that Santos has been inside the maximum security Ancón 1 prison for two years on remand awaiting judgement on corruption charges.

  • Tension continues at Las Bambas

    09 April 2016

    Strong protests by the communities affected appear to have secured the renewal of dialogue on the issues at stake in the Las Bambas project in Apurímac. La Bambas, just starting production, will be one of the largest mines in the world, and is owned by MMG, a Chinese company incorporated in Australia.

  • IACHR sets guidelines for extractive industries

    09 April 2016

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) has just published a very valuable report entitled ‘Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Descendent Communities and Natural Resources: Human Rights Protection in the Context of Extraction, Exploitation and Development Activities’. This “highlights the breadth and complexity of the problems caused by extractive and development activities in the [Americas] region, and sets forth a comprehensive framework of Inter-American Human Rights standards on the subject”.

  • Ley 30230: landmark ruling

    09 April 2016

    On 15 March, Peru’s Constitutional Tribunal pronounced the admissibility of an appeal made by a number of human rights and indigenous organizations, led by Asociación Interétnica de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP) and the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples of the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos against Ley 30230.

  • Las Bambas: canon sows inter-communal conflict

    20 March 2016

    In 2015, the region of Apurímac received nothing from the canon, the system that distributes over 50% of mining royalties and tax receipts to regional and local governments, plus local universities. But Apurímac hosts Las Bambas, so as the giant mine comes on stream this year, the canon will begin to generate significant income, right down to the district level. By 2018, Apurímac as a whole will be receiving around 10% of the national figure distributed under the canon.

  • Las Bambas: dialogue forum due to begin

    20 March 2016

    After many delays, the process of dialogue starts in Apurímac in the coming week between MMG, the Chinese company that owns Las Bambas, regional and local officials and local community leaders.

  • Lower tax take from mining

    20 March 2016

    Propuesta Ciudadana has published figures on the collapse in tax receipts on the part of the state since 2011 due to the fall in minerals prices.

  • Amazon oil spills: case taken to the IACHR

    13 March 2016

    The oil spills in the Amazon in January and February this year are causing increasing and ever deeper concern as stories of human rights abuse emerge, particularly the rights of the child. Pressure is now mounting on Petroperú.

  • 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).

  • 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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