Articles

  • 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.

  • Peruvian NGOs resist new government controls

    14 June 2015

    For nearly 33 years, the Peru Support Group has supported civil society organisations in Peru that stand up for democracy and human rights. We have also seen our partners in Peru come under periodic attack from the authorities, especially in cases where they are perceived as standing up to government policies on specific issues. We fear that we are again at such a juncture.

  • Tía María but the tip of an iceberg

    14 June 2015

    Tía María is undoubtedly the fiercest and most potent conflict in Peru at present in the troubled extractives sector. As we have repeatedly highlighted, it raises big issues not just about the environment but of how to relate to civil society. The State of Emergency declared on 22 May and covering seven regions, now becomes more ominous as President Humala battles with Congress to achieve special powers to rule by decree for 120 days.

  • Bagua: Six Years On

    8 June 2015

    Six years have now passed since the so-called Baguazo on 5 June 2009, but no-one has been brought to justice. On that day, just north of Bagua, 33 people lost their lives in a confrontation between locals and the police force, 23 of the them members of the police force. The Baguazo has become an emblematic event in the conflictive history of relations between the state and indigenous groups opposed to the indiscriminate use of their territories for the extraction of oil and gas.

  • 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.

  • 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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