Articles

  • Artisanal Gold Mining in Peru: Blessing or Curse?

    26 September 2012

    A new Peru Support Group report, available in both English and Spanish, critically examines the extent to which artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is responsible for the various problems often attributed to it. The report argues that a shortcoming of much analysis of the phenomenon thus far has been the failure to make a clear distinction between the size of mining (artisanal, small, medium or large-scale) and its mode of operation (illegal, informal or formal). This has often resulted in misconceptions about what the precise characteristics of ASM operations are.

  • MineWatch Launch

    21 September 2012

    To track social conflicts involving British listed / part-owned firms the PSG is today launching its new MineWatch service. Updated monthly, this database lists all UK extractive firms with projects in Peru and details any disputes with nearby communities.

  • Support the PSG and Get Free Entry to Music Festivals this Summer!

    07 August 2012

    The PSG is pleased to announce that it will again be cooperating with the Workers’ Beer Company to send volunteers this summer to Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as Proms in the Park. Competition for places is very intense so register your interest now!

  • Humala: A Political Prisoner of the Right?

    152. Jun - Jul 12

    The removal of Oscar Valdés as prime minister and his replacement with Juan Jiménez represents a slight shift back towards the centre from the right, but by no means a return to the programme on which President Ollanta Humala was elected last year.

  • Criminalisation of Human Rights Defenders

    09 July 2012

    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently warned: "[t]he increasingly systematic and recurring way in which baseless criminal actions are brought against human rights defenders [across Latin America] has caused this obstacle to gain visibility in the region and to become a problem that merits urgent attention". The following report - written by a series of international NGOs and networks -analyses this issue by drawing on examples from Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Women and Human Rights in Peru

    No. 151. May - June 2012

    Peruvian women suffered widespread sexual violence during the country's armed conflict. Though the war has long ceased, levels of domestic and gender-based violence remain high to date. In this article Paula Escribens, formerly of women’s rights organisation DEMUS, analyses the difficulties which Peruvian women continue to face. 

  • Amnesty: Espinar Mayor Detained

    01 June 2012

    Amnesty International urges political intervention in support of Oscar Mollohuanca, the mayor of Espinar, southern Peru. According to the release, the public official was detained on 30 May inside the municipal building by at least 30 police officers, who showed no arrest warrant and gave no reason for detaining him. He risks ill-treatment and could face an unfair trial.

  • Editorial: The Tyranny of Statistics

    31 May 2012

    The tyranny of statistics is back with a vengeance. First, we had Bill Gates in February telling the Spanish government that it makes no sense to “help countries like Peru, a middle income country with a per capita income of US$ 10,000, while there are children dying of malaria and people unable to get medicines for AIDS”. “Peru”, said Gates “has resources to exploit and could be as rich as a European country”.

  • The Scandal of Inequality in Latin America

    15 May 2012

    This recently released Christian Aid report highlights the gap between the rich and extremely poor which has fuelled crime and political instability in Latin America. A chapter on Peru examines the phenomenon of glacial melt, which directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers in the country. It also discusses development in the Huancavelica province, where nearly 80% of the population live in poverty.

  • Rio Blanco and the Conga Fallout

    150 . Feb - Mar 2012

    According to the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman, today there are over 20 'latent conflicts' related to extractive activity in the country. Many such disputes are likely to flare up once more as García-era suspensions expire on Humala’s watch. Of these, the conflict over Piura’s Río Blanco project is set to be the most serious.

  • 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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