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03 December 2012
At the Annual General Meeting on 17th November 2012, Lord Avebury formally stood down as Peru Support Group president after ten years in the role. Baroness Coussins and Rosemary Thorp CBE were voted in on the same day as president and vice president, respectively. We are very pleased to welcome both to their new positions.
01 November 2012
PSG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012
This year's annual conference will see Peruvian and European academics and development professionals come together to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality in Peru. It will feature analysis of a wide range of issues, including the effectiveness of state social programmes, distribution of mining profits, and the link between poverty and increased coca cultivation.
15 October 2012
On 12th October fifteen Peruvian organisations launched a new campaign to persuade the government to resume a programme granting land titles to indigenous communities. The scheme in question was originally administered by state body COFOPRI, but has effectively ceased since responsibility was transferred to regional authorities. No community has been granted official title during the past two years.
31 August 2012
The government proposed new legislation this month which would see the denial of terrorist acts committed in the 1980s and 1990s made into a criminal offence. The draft bill was reportedly inspired by measures in other countries which provide for the punishment of holocaust deniers. The proposal will be debated by Congress in the coming weeks, but is already proving controversial.
29 August 2012
An effort in late August to eradicate coca crops in Huallaga, central Peru, sparked protests in which two peasant farmers died. State officials involved in the operation, which began on 27th August, faced strong resistance from locals opposed to the destruction of the illegal crops. Residents claim that, due to the area's remote location and difficult terrain, coca cultivation represents one of the only viable means of generating income.
15 August 2012
At least two hundred people in the Ancash region needed medical treatment this month after being exposed to harmful substances when a copper pipeline burst. Those affected suffered symptoms including vomiting, headaches and nose bleeds, which were related to the inhalation of toxins in the days after the spill.
01 August 2012
In a bid to boost his waning popularity in late July, President Humala embarked on his second cabinet reshuffle since assuming office. The most high profile casualty was former army officer Oscar Valdés, who was replaced as prime minister by Juan Jiménez, a lawyer and constitutional expert.
25 July 2012
This month Chinese mining company stepped up efforts to restart a controversial copper project at Río Blanco, near Piura in northern Peru. The proposed project has been the source of an acrimonious dispute between the concession operator and local communities for a number of years.
23 July 2012
In a ruling on 20th July the Supreme Court reduced the prison sentences of former spy-chief Vladimiro Montesinos and a number of other high ranking human rights violators. The decision has been widely criticised and will face legal challenge.
05 July 2012
Police in Cajamarca were reported to have beaten a number of prominent figures during demonstrations over the Minas Conga project. The first incident allegedly occurred on 21st June when Genoveva Gómez of the ombudsman’s office and Amparo Abanto of the National Human Rights Coordinator (an umbrella NGO) visited a police station in Cajamarca.