Articles

  • Oil: future unclear for Block 192

    8 August 2015

    The largest source of oil in Peru, Block 192, previously referred to as Block 1AB, still has no clear future.

  • Damp squib

    2 August 2015

    There was a time when Fiestas Patrias, the anniversary of Peru’s independence from Spain, was a moment for political fire-crackers. Not so this time, or for that matter in any of the annual set-piece State of the Union speeches by President Ollanta Humala since 2011.

  • 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.

  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

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