• 31 July 2014

    SOCIETY: Indigenous women and climate change

    At an international forum on community and land resource rights in Lima on 16 July, indigenous women from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered to call for the inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives and their direct participation

  • 31 July 2014

    MINING: Monterrico revisited?

    Since the purchase of Rio Blanco by Zijin, the project has developed only slowly, beset by political difficulties at the local level. However, the mining resources identified by Monterrico were not all sold to Zijing.

  • 31 July 2014

    POLITICS: Yet another PM; The President's speech; Santos behind bars

    As Peru prepared for the July 28 national holiday, President Humala announced the dismissal of René Cornejo as president of the Council of Ministers and his replacement by Ana Jara.

    In his annual message to Congress on July 28, Humala gave few surprises though hespoke of his “priority agenda”.

    Gregorio Santos, a vigorous opponent of the Conga gold project (suspended since 2011), is to be detained for 14 months while charges are prepared against him.

  • 31 July 2014

    HUMAN RIGHTS: Front Line Defenders issue stinging report; Families recall La Cantuta killings; Law 30151 - License to kill

    The extent to which the pressure to develop extractives is leading to human rights abuses is demonstrated in a new report from Front Line Defenders.

    As Peruvians celebrated in July’s anniversary of national independence, the families and friends of the nine students and a professor from Universidad Nacional Enrique Guzmán Valle (La Cantuta) who disappeared on 18 July 1992 also remember this month.

    Law 30151, which was originally approved by Congress in June last year, provides for police and military officials to be “exempt from criminal responsibility” if they cause death or injure while on duty.


  • . 31 July 2014

    EDITORIAL: Investment versus the environment: the need for a new approach

    With investment rates in extractive industries falling, what is the best way to reverse this trend? Surely rescinding existing environmental legislation is not the way to do it. But this is the path on which the Humala administration – under constant lobbying pressure from the investor community – appears resolved to pursue.

  • . 28 June 2014

    Corruption besmirches decentralised government

    Corruption has never been far from the surface of Peruvian politics, but with the October local elections approaching, the scale of corruption has become depressingly clear in sub-national levels of government throughout much of the country. Regional governments in as many as 19 of Peru’s 25 regions are under investigation for corruption.

  • . 27 May 2014

    Education for All

    Peru´s Education system is bottom of the list in Latin America and globally, according to the 2013 PISA report (Program for International Student Assessment) for developed and more advanced developing 65 countries. Prime Minister René Cornejo has announced measures to raise educational standards in 2015.

  • . 27 May 2014

    Fujimori, Fujimorismo and the shift to the right

    A recent poll by Datum suggests that Keiko Fujimori leads the list of voting intentions for the next presidential election with 30%, followed by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 22% and Alan García with 8%. The shift to the right in Peruvian politics appears to be an established fact.

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  • 28 November 2012

    State-corporate crime?

    We have worked closely with the community affected by Rio Blanco mine, which was owned by a British company. In 2011, 33 torture claimants received compensation from the company, though it did not accept liability. This multimedia case study explores the relationships between the state, mining company and communities.

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  • 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.

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    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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