• 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.

  • Tía María: militarisation not the answer

    16 May 2015

    The Peruvian government’s decision to deploy troops last week to reinforce the police force in the battle over Tía María appears to have inflamed the situation still further. On 12 April, a three day strike began across the Arequipa region, leading to pitched battles both in Peru’s second city as well as in the Islay province and in the port of Mollendo.

  • Second death worsens conflict over Tía María

    7 May 2015

    Tuesday 5 May saw the tragic death of Henry Checcla, 35, in a clash with police that had begun on Monday night in the Tambo Valley in Arequipa. The gravity of the situation at Tía María then pushed the Ombudsman to announce a major initiative to reinitiate dialogue.

  • EITI publishes protocol on civil society protection

    7 May 2015

    Peru was one of the first countries to sign up to the EITI (Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative), and the EITI classifies Peru as one of the countries worldwide it considers ‘compliant’. EITI has announced that it will be holding its 7th Global Conference next year (24-25 February 2016) in Lima.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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