• Protests at Peruís biggest goldmine

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    At a time when mining in Peru is facing international scrutiny, a protest at the massive Yanacocha Gold mine halted operations for at least 24 hours. The demonstration by members of the local community was the result of a lack of local employment and investment by the mine; protesters were demanding local jobs and social spending.

  • British Council leave Peru

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    In a surprising move, the long established British Council (BC) in Lima will be closing its doors for the last time on 29th September.

  • Ex-Ambassador appointed chairman of Monterrico Metals

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    The British Ambassador to Peru 2003-06, Richard Ralph, who retired in April of this year, was a vociferous supporter of UK mining in Peru during his appointment.

  • Montesinos sentenced to 20 years in prison

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, has been found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in jail for his involvement in the sale of ten-thousand assault rifles to Colombia's largest left-wing guerrilla group, FARC, seven years ago.

  • US-Peruvian Free Trade Agreement

    31 July 2006

    US President Bush's visit to his Andean counterparts (Peru's Toledo, Colombia's Urribe and Ecuador's Gutierrez) in May 2004 brought unexpected news about the ATPA (Andean Trade Preference Act). The Andean nations were already enjoying preferential trade with the US through a programme aimed at helping countries on the front line of the so called war on drugs (ATPDEA). However, the agreement expires at the end of this year.

  • Peruís Congress passes law requiring miners to pay royalties

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    As mining exports soar with a 71% rise in May, a law has been passed in the Peruvian Congress designed to put an end to so called tax stability contracts that give mining companies tax and royalty free concessions.

  • Coca cultivation in Andes stabilises in 2005

    31 July 2006

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published it’s 2005 Andean coca survey, showing that between 2004-05 coca production increased by only 1%, a sign that coca cultivation in the region - which accounts for the entire global output of cocaine - has stabilised.

  • Fujimori released on bail in Chile

    31 May 2006

    It has come as a surprise to Human Rights groups and to those seeking the extradition of Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, that he was freed on a $3,000 bail on 18 May, after six months in a Chilean jail.

  • Violence in the run up to the elections

    31 May 2006

    In the run up to the second round of elections taking place on June 4th, violence flared up between supporters of both candidates. The troubles began after provocative talk from Ollanta Humala.

  • Tintaya Mine to be sold-off

    31 May 2006

    The controversial copper mine at Tintaya, owned by the worlds biggest mining company BHP Billiton, will be sold in June because the project is too small.

  • 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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