Articles

  • Election Year

    26 July 2015

    On Tuesday July 28, President Ollanta Humala will give his final message to Congress and the nation. Humala, who is constitutionally barred from standing for re-election in 2016, enters is his last year a much-weakened figure.

  • Lords hosts public meeting on human rights and access to justice in Peru

    26 July 2015

    On Tuesday 7 July the Peru Support Group (PSG) and Cafod, the Catholic development agency organised a meeting held at the House of Lords.

  • Evidence emerges of chronic regulatory weakness in oil and gas industries

    26 July 2015

    Convoca has produced a worrying report on possible environmental damage in the oil and gas sector. They discovered last year that OEFA inherited a time-bomb when it assumed its monitoring role in 2011.

  • The Humala presidency in perspective: plus ca change ...

    11 July 2015

    Elected president four years ago in June 2011, Ollanta Humala promised what he called the ‘great transformation’. Many, particularly among the business elites, feared there would be a dramatic change in the business and mining-friendly economic policies. What was transformed were not the policies but the views of the president and those around him like his wife Nadine Heredia.

  • Environmental Challenges at Las Bambas: Peru's largest copper mine.

    11 July 2015

    When Chinese stock market regulations forced Glencore to divest itself of some part of its holdings, the result was the sale of Peru’s largest copper project, Las Bambas in Apurimac, to a Chinese consortium. The latter inherited a situation of serious disquiet over environmental impacts. To the Chinese company’s credit, they appear to be working hard to respond to that disquiet.

  • On TPP and Fast Track

    28 June 2015

    The granting of ‘fast-track’ authorisation by the US Congress for the Obama administration to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) marks a new stage in the attempts by the United States to erect a multilateral trade and investment framework that favours US interests.

  • Evo and Ollanta meet in Puno

    28 June 2015

    The meeting on the Isla Esteves in Lake Titicaca between Presidents Ollanta Humala and Evo Morales, along with their respective cabinets, helped resuscitate the frayed relationship between Peru and Bolivia.

  • Rising informal gold output highlights the 'cosmetic' solution

    28 June 2015

    The first four months of the year have seen a sharp rise in informal gold production in Madre de Dios.

  • Congress agrees to special legislative rights

    24 June 2015

    Following weeks of prevarication, the Peruvian Congress finally agreed on 18 June to giving the executive branch special faculties to legislate on matters concerning the economy and public security

  • Unity on the left?

    24 June 2015

    With the presidential elections nine months away, there is growing interest in how the left will fare. On the one hand, most of the proto-candidates who are so far lining up belong to the right or centre-right. As yet, though various names are mentioned, no-one has emerged as a viable candidate on the left or centre-left.

  • 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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