• 02 March 2015

    Urresti, one step nearer

    Daniel Urresti appears to be one step nearer to his aim of becoming a presidential candidate. On February 26 he announced that he had formalised his membership of President Humala’s Nationalist Party (PNP). A week earlier, having been removed from his post as interior minister, he had made clear his intention to launch his incursion into the world of electoral politics.

  • 14 February 2015

    Pichanaki killings force Pluspetrol to withdraw from central jungle exploration site

    The death on February 11 of a student at the hands of the riot police and the wounding of 32 other people by live ammunition in the township of Pichanaki have forced the government to give marching orders to Pluspetrol, the Argentine-owned company involved in exploration for oil and gas in the central jungle.

  • 14 February 2015

    Government seeks to regroup after Ley Pulpin fiasco

    The Humala administration – and in particular Prime Minister Ana Jara – has engaged in a damage limitation strategy in the last two weeks to repair the harm done to it by the drubbing it received in Congress at the end of January when it was forced to repeal its controversial youth labour law

  • 25 January 2015

    Ombudsman reports on social conflict

    In its most recent monthly social conflict report, the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) registered a total of 210 social conflicts for the month of December 2014. This was a reduction from 212 cases in November, and the 217 cases in October which represented the peak for active conflicts for 2014.


  • . 2 March 2015

    He who pays the piper...

    The sources of party funding have long been obscure in Peru, and the interests of democracy demand much greater clarity on this issue. With only a year to go before the 2016 election campaign, and with the costs of mounting presidential campaigns constantly increasing, there are growing demands for measures to force candidates to come clean about where they receive their money.

  • . 2 March 2015

    Business as usual? Some new developments in evaluation of corporate human rights accountability

    Massive transnational corporate investment and growth in the private sector has helped turn Peru into one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. But lurking behind this positive trend, is a harsh reality of grievous human rights abuse committed by corporations against the people to whom they should be accountable.

  • . 22 February 2015

    Cabinet patching: four ministers down, but how many more reshuffles to go?

    Partial cabinet reshuffle, four ministers sacked . . . . Hardly an attention-grabbing headline for an administration now famous for announcing cabinet changes every few months. Pressure on the government had been building up ever since the repeal of the so-called ‘Ley Pulpí. But the latest appointments, announced on February 9, provide the Humala government with much-needed respite.

  • . 22 February 2015

    Civil society slams World Bank environmental standards revision

    Since July 2014, the World Bank has been engaged in consultations over its draft document revising the environmental safeguards it builds into World-Bank-funded projects. Early in February Cusco and then Lima were the sites of the latest consultation (February 2 and 4). The Lima meeting ended prematurely with a mass walk-out by most of the civil society organisations participating, and a letter to the Bank signed by 195 civil society groups and individuals.

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