Articles

  • Labour protest march ends in violence

    18 Jan 2015

    The fourth march through the streets of Lima on January 15 to protest against the Humala government’s legislation to liberalise employment laws ended in violence.The new law aims to give employers incentives to take on youngsters (aged between 18 and 24), but without the same contractual rights as ordinary employees.

  • Extractives, human rights and the environment - straws in the wind?

    09 January 2015

    The last month has produced a number of somewhat positive results in regard to Peru’s approach to the environment and extractives-related issues.However, the PSG cannot but feel that these events are more than just straws in the wind.

  • Second round regional elections: reading the runes

    10 Dec 2014

    Trying to draw conclusions from the results of second round elections for regional presidencies in 14 out of 25 regions presents difficulties.

  • Agroindustry and the (mis)use of water in Ica

    10 Dec 2014

    For years agroindustries – notably those producing asparagus – have been draining the water resources of Ica, to the detriment of small-scale agricultural producers

  • Amnesty survey on torture

    8 Dec 2014

    As part of its campaign against torture, Amnesty International has released a global survey on attitudes to torture.

  • Regional Elections in Puno

    29 November 2014

    With only days to go before the 7 December second round of regional elections, one of the most interesting contests is taking place in Puno, in the south-east of the country on the border with Bolivia.

  • Cusco goes to a second round

    16 November 2014

    Cusco is one of the many regions of Peru where a second round of elections for regional president is due on December 7 but it looks improbable that the quality of governance will improve over the next four-year period.

  • The next Human Rights Ombudsman:continuing delay

    2 November 2014

    Almost four years since Beatriz Merino formally stepped down as Human Rights Ombudsman in 2011, Congress has once again failed in its duty to appoint someone to this important public role.

  • Cajamarca's Santos and the Conga mining project

    26 October 2014

    One of the most striking victories in the recent election of regional presidents was that of Gregorio Santos in Cajamarca. He won over 50% of the vote from his prison cell, having effectively turned the regional election into a plebiscite on Conga, the giant mining project. But the elections also saw widespread victories for other candidates critical of mining projects in their areas.

  • Electoral tea-leaves

    18 October 2014

    It’s a year and a half to the next presidential elections. Though this may sound a long time in Peruvian politics, the main political actors are now moving into gear for the big fight in 2016, now that the municipal and regional elections are over.

  • 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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