NEWS

  • Warning on 'police privatisation' in Peru

    28 March 2013

    Relations between the police and private companies are putting human rights at risk, according to leading civil society figures.

  • Human Rights Watch flags impunity and new curbs on rights

    15 March 2013

    New legislation could undermine international human rights standards, according to Human Rights Watch, which also criticised widespread impunity for abuses.

  • Minas Conga referendum plans disputed

    08 March 2013

    Authorities have rejected attempts to mount a referendum on the Conga gold and copper mine in Cajamarca, northern Peru.

  • Legal bid to protect isolated indigenous groups

    08 February 2013

     Indigenous organisations have announced legal action aimed at halting the expansion of the Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon.
     

  • Trade agreement 'risks human rights'

    07 February 2013

    Free trade agreements signed in December between the European Union and Peru, Colombia and six Central American nations risk human rights and money laundering, say critics.

  • Canaris: clashes as rejected mine considered

    04 February 2013

    In what was dubbed the first conflict of 2013, police broke up a blockade of the proposed Cañariaco mining project in Cañaris, Lambayeque, northern Peru. The community had rejected the project when consulted last September, concerned about its impacts on water, forests and agriculture, their principal source of income.

  • PSG Welcomes New President and Vice President

    03 December 2012

    At the Annual General Meeting on 17th November 2012, Lord Avebury formally stood down as Peru Support Group president after ten years in the role. Baroness Coussins and Rosemary Thorp CBE were voted in on the same day as president and vice president, respectively. We are very pleased to welcome both to their new positions.

  • Event: Peru and the Persistence of Inequality

    01 November 2012

    PSG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012 

    This year's annual conference will see Peruvian and European academics and development professionals come together to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality in Peru. It will feature analysis of a wide range of issues, including the effectiveness of state social programmes, distribution of mining profits, and the link between poverty and increased coca cultivation.

  • Rural Property Campaign Launched

    15 October 2012

    On 12th October fifteen Peruvian organisations launched a new campaign to persuade the government to resume a programme granting land titles to indigenous communities. The scheme in question was originally administered by state body COFOPRI, but has effectively ceased since responsibility was transferred to regional authorities. No community has been granted official title during the past two years.

  • Terrorism Denial Bill Faces Criticism

    31 August 2012

    The government proposed new legislation this month which would see the denial of terrorist acts committed in the 1980s and 1990s made into a criminal offence. The draft bill was reportedly inspired by measures in other countries which provide for the punishment of holocaust deniers. The proposal will be debated by Congress in the coming weeks, but is already proving controversial.

  • 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.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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