Articles

  • Peru rowing backwards (fast) on prior consultation

    28 May 2013

    Sweeping exclusions threaten indigenous communities' long-delayed right to prior consultation, dividing the government and leaving investments open to prolonged resistance. 

  • Women's rights: Inequality, stereotypes, reproduction

    UPDATE 156. 03 April 2013

    A look at the key issues affecting women's rights - including violence, authorities' emphasis on preserving the patriarchal family, and the approach of the Ministry for Women

  • Villarán's narrow victory in the Lima recall battle

    UPDATE 156. 28 March 2013

    What explains the turn-around in favour of Lima's centre-left mayor, and what does the result mean for governance in the capital?

  • Can Humala defy gravity?

    Update 155. 11 February 2013

    How to explain the president's popularity given that he has pinned his colours to the maintenance of foreign investment, overwhelmingly benefiting the top few per cent of Peru’s population?

  • Event: Mining and development in the Andes

    11 February 2013

    4 March 2013, London

    A one-day conference featuring international speakers, who will explore alternative strategies for mining-based economies.

  • The Politics of 'Indulto'

    Update 154. 19 December 2012

    The political battle surrounding the indulto for former President Alberto Fujimori continues to be waged unremittingly in the Peruvian media. The indulto is an official pardon conceded by the president to those who are at death’s door or whose life prospects are seriously impaired by their being held prisoner.

  • Peru and the Persistence of Inequality

    Update 154. 19 December 2012

    The Peru Support Group’s annual conference this year saw Latin American and European academics and development professionals come together to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality in Peru. In this article we synthesise the main points made by the various speakers.

  • Case Study Launch: Torture at the Río Blanco Mine

    23 November 2012

    The Peru Support Group (PSG) today launches an academic case study examining human rights violations and community resistance to a mining project in northern Peru. The initiative differs from previous analyses of the conflict in that it explains the dispute, and subsequent efforts to obtain justice for the victims, principally through primary source material, including court documents, diplomatic cables, videos, photos and victim testimony.

  • PSG Annual Report 2011/2012

    05 October 2012

    As an election year, FY11/12 presented both opportunities and challenges for the Peru Support Group (PSG). The end of García’s term in office presented opportunities to advance measures like the Prior Consultation Law which had stagnated in the latter years of his administration. At the same time, the victory of a politically untested president backed by a fragile congressional coalition presented challenges in that it was, at times, difficult to discern what the precise priorities of the new government were.

  • Editorial: All that Glitters...

    153. Aug - Sep 12

    The question who should administer or control the process by which Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are granted has long been contentious in Peru. Up until now, it has been the responsibility of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). The prime role of the MEM, up till now, has been to attract investment, particularly foreign investment, in the mining and hydrocarbons (oil and gas) industries. Having the same ministry regulate the environmental studies is hardly conducive to the protection of the environment.

  • 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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