Articles

  • 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.

  • García shifts his ground

    18 April 2015

    With twelve months to go before next year’s first round of presidential elections, it seems that twice former president Alan García is seeking to distance himself and APRA from the pro-Fujimorista bloc in Congress. On April 14 García announced that APRA would give its support to Cateriano when next week he seeks a vote of approval for the new cabinet chief and his ministers.

  • Palm oil expansion threatens the environment

    14 April 2015

    The threat posed to the Amazon and beyond by expansion of the palm oil business in the Amazon region is highlighted in a recently published report from the international campaigning organisation, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

  • Peru's National Intelligence Service in the spotlight

    14 April 2015

    On Monday 9 February 2015, Peru suspended its National Intelligence Service (Dirección Nacional de Inteligencia or DINI) for 180 days following revelations that it had been spying on opposition politicians and on Vice-President Marisol Espinoza.

  • Leaked TPP document sparks row over foreign investment privileges

    30 March 2015

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated between Peru and eleven other countries (including the United States). Last week, Wikileaks published a draft text of the chapter on investment to a number of newspapers in TPP aspirant countries, including Peru’s La República. The text expands on the faculties granted by Peru to foreign investors under the provisions of the FTA with the United States. It allows, for instance, for arbitration by international mediators in investment disputes even while local courts may still be engaged in seeking settlements.

  • Environmental protests lead to 'scrapping' of Tia Maria

    30 March 2015

    An 'indefinite' strike was called on Monday, March 23 against the Tia María copper and silver mining project in the Valle del Tambo in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. Demonstrators blocked the Pan American highway and violent clashes followed with the police. There appear to have been some injuries. On the following Friday (March 27) came a shock announcement from the company, Southern Peru Copper, that it was scrapping the project and terminating its investment in the area.

  • 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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