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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.
28 September 2011
The Peru Support Group is currently seeking a part-time intern to assist with research on a variety of human rights and development-related projects. The intern will make a real contribution to our organisation and gain valuable experience of working in the third sector.
19 September 2011
Date: 14th October 2011
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Senate House, Room 102, London, WC1E 7HU
The Peru Support Group is proud to announce that JAVIER DIEZ CANSECO, a Gana Perú congressman and long-standing human rights advocate, will be coming to the UK in October to give a talk on the new government's policy initiatives. During the discussion, kindly hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Javier will highlight key areas for reform over the next five years and provide an insight into political dynamics within the Humala administration.
About the speaker:
Javier is a Peruvian politician, political analyst, human rights advocate and anti corruption activist. He has been elected to Congress on seven occasions, once serving as the institution's vice-president. In 2006 he stood as candidate for the presidency with Peru's Socialist Party. He is currently a Congressman for the ruling Gana Perú party.
09 September 2011
The Peru Europe Platform, a network of approximately 15 European NGOs that work in Peru, yesterday sent an open letter to Congress and the Humala administration congratulating them on passing the Prior Consultation Law. The letter highlights the importance of this step, which enshrines in law the rights of Peru’s traditionally marginalised indigenous communities. It also urges Congress and the government to ensure the full and rapid implementation of the legislation.