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02 May 2012
On 9th April, a group of Shining Path (SP) rebels kidnapped 36 workers from the Camisea natural gas development in the Cusco region, southern Peru. The hostages, employees of Swedish company Skanska, had been building a new gas plant from the Camisea field in a remote region of the Apurimac-Ene valley, one of the last SP strongholds.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.