NEWS

  • 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.

  • Two Die in Coca Protest Clashes

    29 August 2012

    An effort in late August to eradicate coca crops in Huallaga, central Peru, sparked protests in which two peasant farmers died. State officials involved in the operation, which began on 27th August, faced strong resistance from locals opposed to the destruction of the illegal crops. Residents claim that, due to the area's remote location and difficult terrain, coca cultivation represents one of the only viable means of generating income.

  • Hundreds Need Treatment after Mining Spill

    15 August 2012

    At least two hundred people in the Ancash region needed medical treatment this month after being exposed to harmful substances when a copper pipeline burst. Those affected suffered symptoms including vomiting, headaches and nose bleeds, which were related to the inhalation of toxins in the days after the spill.

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  • Humala's 2nd Cabinet Reshuffle

    01 August 2012

    In a bid to boost his waning popularity in late July, President Humala embarked on his second cabinet reshuffle since assuming office. The most high profile casualty was former army officer Oscar Valdés, who was replaced as prime minister by Juan Jiménez, a lawyer and constitutional expert. 

  • Zijin Moves to Restart Rio Blanco

    25 July 2012

    This month Chinese mining company stepped up efforts to restart a controversial copper project at Río Blanco, near Piura in northern Peru. The proposed project has been the source of an acrimonious dispute between the concession operator and local communities for a number of years.

  • Ruling Favours Rights Violators

    23 July 2012

    In a ruling on 20th July the Supreme Court reduced the prison sentences of former spy-chief Vladimiro Montesinos and a number of other high ranking human rights violators. The decision has been widely criticised and will face legal challenge.

  • 'Police Abuses' in Cajamarca

    05 July 2012

    Police in Cajamarca were reported to have beaten a number of prominent figures during demonstrations over the Minas Conga project. The first incident allegedly occurred on 21st June when Genoveva Gómez of the ombudsman’s office and Amparo Abanto of the National Human Rights Coordinator (an umbrella NGO) visited a police station in Cajamarca.

  • Three Die in Conga Protest

    03 July 2012

    Clashes between police and locals protesting against the Minas Conga gold mine in Cajamarca, have left three dead and at least twenty injured. The violence occurred after reports emerged that Celendín Mayor Mauro Arteaga had expressed support for the mine, leading approximately 1,000 people to march on municipal buildings. 

  • 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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