• Peru Support Group's Annual Conference on 5 November

    20 October 2016


    Human Rights and Development under PPK

    5th November 2016
    UCL Global Governance Institute
    29 – 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

    Registration and coffee start at 10:30am; conference starts at 11:00am
    Members and Concessions £8, non-members £13

    Please register your attendance in advance if possible.
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    For a detailed agenda please click on the subject heading

  • Violence at Las Bambas, again

    16 October 2016

    In spite of the round-table meeting (mesa de diálogo) between communities, local officials, MMG and ministerial delegations earlier this month, violence has once again broken out at Las Bambas. On 14 October, one person was reported killed and many injured in a battle between police and community members. Quintino Cereceda Huisa is the first person to lose his life in a socio-environmental conflict during the present government. He was shot in the head.

  • Opposition to TPP

    16 October 2016

    Rallies took place in Lima on 12 October in protest at the Peruvian government’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and further protests are scheduled to coincide with the presence of US President Barrack Obama in Lima for the APEC summit next month.

  • Forest restoration reported

    16 October 2016

    Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has revealed that forest cover may being restored in areas previously mined for gold in parts of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. This is an indigenous protected area in the Madre de Dios region and part of the ancestral lands of the Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga peoples. It boasts exceptional biodiversity, including many endangered and endemic species.

  • Education minister under siege

    10 October 2016

    Over the past couple of weeks Education Minister Jaime Saavedra has seen his popularity fall because of a concerted effort by Apristas and Fujimoristas to bring him down. On the face of it, this has to do with his shortcomings in preparing for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima; most commentators, however, believe that it has more to do with his support for the University Law that they want to see repealed.

  • Abuse of influence uncovered

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the first scandal come to light within the new administration. On 7 October, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala offered a press conference to confirm that the case against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s former health adviser, Carlos Moreno Chacón, had been referred to the public prosecution service for corruption.

  • New conflict 'czar' appointed

    10 October 2016

     The appointment of Rolando Luque to head up the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) has been met with a qualified welcome from interested NGOs.

  • The Chaupes, again

    10 October 2016

    No sooner than Newmont Mining put out a statement commenting on the so-called ‘independent’ study on the property in dispute between the Chaupe family and Yanacocha, new reports emerged about harassment of the Chaupes.

  • Environmental 'emergency' in Hualgayoc, Cajamarca

    02 October 2016

    On 27 September the Ministry for the Environment (MInam) declared an environmental emergency in the upper reaches of the Tingo-Maygasbamba, Hualgayoc-Arascorgue and Perlamayo valleys in Hualgayoc province, Cajamarca.

  • Top brass convicted on human rights atrocity

    02 October 2016

    After 23 years of waiting for justice, the family members of three victims of Fujimori’s counter-insurgency strategy at last heard the verdict of what happened to their loved ones. On 27 September, the court condemned Vladimiro Montesinos and Nicolás Hermoza Ríos to a further 22 years in jail, and Jorge Nadal Paiva to 18 years.

  • 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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