Articles

  • Tía María: State of Emergency

    25 May 2015

    The Peruvian government’s decision on May 22 to declare a State of Emergency in Islay followed continued violence in opposition to the Tía María mining project put forward by Southern Copper. That day, Ramon Colque, a protester, died, from head injuries caused by a rock, according to the Ministry of the Interior, and seven were injured including three police

  • A spectacular fall from grace

    25 May 2015

    In an extraordinary turn of events, Carlos Américo Ramos Heredia, the Fiscal de la Nación, was dismissed from office on 13 May, scarcely a year since his appointment to the highest legal office in the land. He is the first Fiscal de la Nación to be dismissed in the Republic’s history.

  • Tía María: militarisation not the answer

    16 May 2015

    The Peruvian government’s decision to deploy troops last week to reinforce the police force in the battle over Tía María appears to have inflamed the situation still further. On 12 April, a three day strike began across the Arequipa region, leading to pitched battles both in Peru’s second city as well as in the Islay province and in the port of Mollendo.

  • Second death worsens conflict over Tía María

    7 May 2015

    Tuesday 5 May saw the tragic death of Henry Checcla, 35, in a clash with police that had begun on Monday night in the Tambo Valley in Arequipa. The gravity of the situation at Tía María then pushed the Ombudsman to announce a major initiative to reinitiate dialogue.

  • EITI publishes protocol on civil society protection

    7 May 2015

    Peru was one of the first countries to sign up to the EITI (Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative), and the EITI classifies Peru as one of the countries worldwide it considers ‘compliant’. EITI has announced that it will be holding its 7th Global Conference next year (24-25 February 2016) in Lima.

  • The Izquierda Des-Unida?

    2 May 2015

    With less than a year to go before the first round of presidential elections in April 2016, the Left goes into the fray without much sign of being able to agree on a united platform.

  • Resource governance: good laws, but this is not enough

    2 May 2015

    Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) has developed an index of the quality of governance specifically for the mining, oil and gas sectors covering 58 countries and based around 173 questions. In its 2013 index, the most recent to be published, Peru achieves a rating of 73; it is thus classed as 'satisfactory'. This information sits oddly with the current conflict over the Tía María mine proposal, now into its sixth week.

  • The Cost of Conflict

    27 April 2015

    Internationally, mining companies are feeling the draught because of the decline in world prices for commodities like copper, silver, zinc and lead. They are being forced to slow down the development of new projects, and in some cases abandon them altogether.

  • Labyrinths of corruption

    27 April 2015

    To what extent does corruption affect the political responses of voters? How bad does it have to get for candidates accused of corrupt activities to be blacklisted by the electoral authorities? Are Peruvians so inured to corruption in public life that it becomes just something that is considered ‘normal’. To what extent have drug trafficking mafias penetrated key institutions of state? These are some of the questions that gain salience with respect to the upcoming presidential and legislative election whose first round is due to take place in just under a year’s time.

  • Pluspetrol: the price of clean-up

    27 April 2015

    As Pluspetrol, the Argentine oil and gas company, prepares to hand back its 20-year concession of Block 192 in the north-east of the country (Loreto region) to the state, the issue of remedial payments to offset the effects of pollution looks like becoming a thorny one.

  • 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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