• 31 August 2014

    POLITICS: Humala down, but not quite out; Local elections: some candidates barred, others not

    July ended with a clash between the executive and the legislature over the ruling Gana Perú’s attempt to appoint one of its own – Ana Solórzano – as the president of Congress for the forthcoming legislature. August ended with an even greater row over the ratification of a new prime minister, Ana Jara, and her cabinet, and the possibility of votes of censure against key ministers.

    The most outstanding issue in the current elections are the proliferation of candidates supported by hastily devised political groups and the fact that some are being prevented from running either for lying in their CVs or being financed by illicit groups.

  • 31 August 2014

    POLITICS: Narco-candidates

    Many candidates are being accused of being financed by the drug trade. On August 12, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti handed the JNE a list of 124 candidates with supposed links to the drug trade.

  • 31 August 2014

    EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Conga - new developments.

    The battle over the Yanacocha mining company's proposed opencast mine, known as Conga, has been non-stop since 2011. Two important events have occurred this month. In the first week of August a provincial judge found against the family of Maxima Chaupe, ordering them to hand over their 75-acre farm to the company. Secondly, last week, Vásquez was able to announce, amid much expectation, that the hearing by the Constitutional Tribunal would be held on 27 September at 9.30 am in Lima.

  • 31 August 2014

    EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Grupo Peru COP20 speaks out; Companies push to remove tax that funds regulation costs

    The United Nations 20th session of the 'Conference of the Parties' (COP) is due to meet in Lima 1-12 December 2014. Peruvian civil society organisations from a wide range of groups are preparing to make their voices heard in an 'alternative COP'.

    That the cost of oversight of environmentally-sensitive operations of mining companies is a reasonable charge on companies in the sector commands widespread acceptance among those involved. But the level of the tax to fund it is anything but agreed.


  • . 31 August 2014

    EDITORIAL: Law and Order and the temptation of right-wing populism

    The lack of a feeling of citizen security in Peru has long been one of the top concerns of potential voters when consulted by the various polling agencies whose surveys have become a staple of newspapers and television.

  • . 31 July 2014

    EDITORIAL: Investment versus the environment: the need for a new approach

    With investment rates in extractive industries falling, what is the best way to reverse this trend? Surely rescinding existing environmental legislation is not the way to do it. But this is the path on which the Humala administration – under constant lobbying pressure from the investor community – appears resolved to pursue.

  • . 28 June 2014

    Corruption besmirches decentralised government

    Corruption has never been far from the surface of Peruvian politics, but with the October local elections approaching, the scale of corruption has become depressingly clear in sub-national levels of government throughout much of the country. Regional governments in as many as 19 of Peru’s 25 regions are under investigation for corruption.

  • . 27 May 2014

    Fujimori, Fujimorismo and the shift to the right

    A recent poll by Datum suggests that Keiko Fujimori leads the list of voting intentions for the next presidential election with 30%, followed by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 22% and Alan García with 8%. The shift to the right in Peruvian politics appears to be an established fact.

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  • 28 November 2012

    State-corporate crime?

    We have worked closely with the community affected by Rio Blanco mine, which was owned by a British company. In 2011, 33 torture claimants received compensation from the company, though it did not accept liability. This multimedia case study explores the relationships between the state, mining company and communities.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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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