NEWS

  • 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. 

  • Majaz Protest Investigations Closed

    14 June 2012

    A court in Huancabamba has dismissed a wide variety of charges against 107 people involved in the 2005 demonstrations against Minera Majaz, a subsidiary of then British-owned mining firm Monterrico Metals. Those acquitted, including a number of peasant farmers and provincial politicians, had marched with thousands of others to the company’s mine site in Piura, northwest Peru, in August 2005.

  • State of Emergency Declared in Espinar

    31 May 2012

    On 29th May the Humala administration declared a state of emergency in Espinar, southern Peru, following violent clashes between police and demonstrators. Protest organisers had hoped to highlight local concerns over the activities of Anglo-Swiss mining firm Xstrata, which is seeking to expand its operations in the region.

  • Oil Firm Agrees to Clean Up Operations

    25 May 2012

    An oil firm engaged in a long-running dispute with indigenous communities in northern Peru last week yielded to demands to remedy environmental damage in its area of operations. Argentina’s Pluspetrol agreed to clean up a lake and connected waterways located near the communities of Pucacuro and Pavayacu in the Corrientes river basin, which had been heavily contaminated with oil.

  • Ministers Resign over Shining Path Operation

    22 May 2012

    Peru’s interior and defence ministers resigned this month amid criticism over their handling of a recent hostage rescue effort in the south of the country. Interior Minister Daniel Lozada and Defence Minister Alberto Otarola faced allegations of incompetence from a number of politicians over the operation, which saw nine police and military officials killed by Shining Path (SP) rebels.

  • Shining Path Kidnaps Gas Workers

    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.

  • Minas Conga Update

    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.

  • 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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