Figures published by the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) show a sustained increase in the number of conflicts registered over the last six months. At the end of March, these totalled 188, compared with 168 last September.

The number of ‘collective protests’ registered has also increased, quite dramatically, between February (35) and March (111). Protests peaked at 200 last July at the time of the teachers’ strike, but declined progressively thereafter.

In terms of types of conflict registered, two thirds (66.5%) related to ‘socio-environmental’ conflicts, and of these two thirds (65%) related to mining. The main areas of the country affected are Ancash, followed by Puno, Cuzco, Apurímac and Cajamarca. For further information, see here.