The Ombudsman’s office (Defensoría del Pueblo) has produced its regular monthly report on social conflict in Peru. The April report records eight new instances of conflict and none resolved. The monthly figure rose for the fourth month in a row after a flat period in 2017. At 196, it outstrips last April’s figure of 186.

Over half the conflicts are reported as being subject to some form of dialogue with the Defensoría involved in 87% of them. Of these, 79% concern conflicts over mining and hydrocarbons. Ancash continues to lead the field as the most conflictive region.

The report also documents interventions by the Defensoría: 235 cases in the month. Of these, 182 are classified as ‘supervision aimed at prevention’, 52 as ‘intermediation’, and one ‘humanitarian’ action.