• Environmental and social abuse continues in informal gold production

    10 April 2017

    Informal gold mining in the Selva continues, visibly ‘eroding river banks’ and ‘turn[ing] the water brown, orange and even a light blue’. The government’s main effort at regulation so far has consisted of reducing the complexity of registering; the new law in March reduced the required federal permits from six to three.

  • Happy Easter

    10 April 2017

    The PSG wishes all its readers a very happy time at this season.
    Our next Newsletter will be published the weekend 29/30 April.


  • Unions continue pressure in the copper sector

    10 April 2017

    The striking workers at Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mine in the department of Arequipa finally accepted the company’s offer of improved family health benefits and an earlier date for the payment of their share of profits. The 1300 employees returned to work on 31 March after 18 days on strike.

  • A date for your diary

    10 April 2017

    John Crabtree and Francisco Durand will be launching their new book, entitled 'Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture', on Tuesday 16 May at 5pm at the Latin American Centre, Saint Antony's College, Oxford, and at the Institute for Latin American Studies, University College London in Gordon Square on Friday 19 May at 5.30pm.

  • Tension continues in the copper sector

    03 April 2017

    The strike over worker benefits and the share in profits at Cerro Verde, the largest copper producer in Peru, began two weeks ago with 1300 of the 1650 employees downing tools. It was forced to end on 21 March once the Ministry of Labour declared it illegal, but the union immediately started a fresh strike the following day when talks did not yield results.

  • Fujimorista media control law proposal is withdrawn and revised

    03 April 2017

    Congresswomen Alejandra Aramayo and Ursula Letona were forced to with withdraw their proposed law to control the media after a relentless campaign against it. The Law they had designed aimed to ban those who were being investigated for corruption, as well as those who had been found guilty of it, from a series of positions in the media.

  • Floods leave trail of destruction

    25 March 2017

    Although heavy coastal rainfall and mud avalanches continue to afflict many areas, the government has rallied resources to alleviate some of the immediate suffering caused. The latest published figures show the scale of the problem. The estimated number of people killed now is put at 85, with 270 people injured and 15 people disappeared.

  • Huaycos also interrupt mineral shipments

    25 March 2017

    Among many effects of the flooding disaster is that on the transport of minerals from Peru’s central region to the coast. This region accounts for at least one-fifth of Peru’s metal production and one kilometre of the rail link that the mining companies rely upon has been destroyed by landslides and flooding along the Rímac river.

  • The Catolica at 100

    25 March 2017

    The Catholic University (PUCP) celebrated its centenary on 24 March with a celebration involving hundreds of staff, graduates and others. The celebrations involved a keynote address by Gustavo Gutierrez, the Dominican priest who gave birth to liberation theology in the 1970s. The celebration also involved words from President Pedo Pablo Kuczynski.

  • PPK's popularity continues its downward course

    19 March 2017

    The latest opinion poll by Ipsos (published in El Comercio on 19 March) shows the relentless monthly fall in confidence in Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his administration.

  • 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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