RESOURCES: Latest Publications

  • Torture at the Rio Blanco Mine: Academic Case Study

    This PSG case study, published by King's College London and other universities, details the escalating conflicts and human rights violations associated with the Rio Blanco mining project from 2003. It differs from previous analyses in that it explains events in Piura, and subsequent efforts to obtain justice for the victims, principally through primary source material, including court documents, diplomatic cables, videos, photos and victim testimony. In so doing, it seeks to explain why many in Piura continue to oppose the project to date, and to highlight the potential for future conflict over the issue.

  • Update Extra: Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru

    This 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.

  • Update Extra: Gender Relations and Women in Peru

    This report, which was published to commemorate International Women's Day 2009, presents a snapshot of the themes with regard to gender relations and women's situation in Peru (April 2009).

  • Update Extra: Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Five Year Anniversary

    This evaluation by the Peru Support Group of the five years since the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report and recommendations on the period of internal armed conflict suffered by Peru between 1980 and 2000, is a timely reminder to the international community that despite the economic dynamism that the country has experienced over recent years at the macro level, exclusion continues to be prevalent. The actors may have changed, but the political landscape remains unchanged (February 2009).

  • Update Extra: The Great Water Debate: Cause and Effect in Peru

    The purpose of this publication is to highlight the challenges of water provision in Peru, a country widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable in South America to severe water shortages (June 2008).

  • Mining and Development in Peru with Special Reference to the Río Blanco Project, Piura

    This report addresses the relationships between mining and development in Peru, focusing on a particular experience in the Northern highlands of Piura - the Río Blanco Project, executed by Minera Majaz, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British company Monterrico Metals. The report is the work of an independent delegation organised and coordinated by the Peru Support Group (PSG).

  • 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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