• Teachers' strike enters its third month

    19 August 2017

    Two months after the teachers’ strike began, there are few signs of any settlement; rather increasing distance between the teachers’ union, SUTEP, and an embattled government. President Kuczynski made a televised speech to the nation on 16 August in which he berated the union and its leaders, accusing them of ties with Sendero Luminoso. An Ipsos poll, published the previous weekend, showed that more than half of those who responded sympathised with the teachers’ demands for better pay and working conditions.

  • UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights takes Peru to task

    19 August 2017

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights visited Peru between 10-19 July to monitor implementation of the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Soon after the visit, the group published its initial assessment in a public statement. The final document, which will include a series of recommendations, is due to be released during the 38th UN Human Rights Council session in June 2018.

  • Kuczynski's speech: better things to come?

    5 August 2017

    At Peru’s Independence Day celebrations, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski summed up what many think: “Peruvians do not want more promises,” he said “they want results”. However, promises were by no means absent: the Peruvian economy, which will grow by 2.8% this year, will reach 4% next, the president claimed. With all the negatives from his first year behind him, Kuczynski made out that his second year will be a lot better.

  • The Humalas' imprisonment: a case of double standards?

    5 August 2017

    On 4 August, the appeal judge reviewing the case of the imprisonment of former president Ollanta Humala and first lady Nadine Heredia rejected the appeal lodged by the Humalas’ lawyers. They will remain in prison.

  • Indigenous organisations struggle to get their voices heard on remediation

    5 August 2017

    The indigenous federations representing the communities of various river basins in Loreto are doing their utmost to get community voices heard, given 45 years of trampled rights, with land titles blocked, protest criminalised, communities divided

  • Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia jailed

    16 July 2017

    In a bold and unprecedented move on13 July, the public prosecutor’s office demanded the imprisonment of the former president and first lady to prevent the possibility of them fleeing the country. The following day they were both taken into custody for a maximum period of 18 months, and are now in prison.

  • Further rifts divide Peru's parties

    16 July 2017

    It was the week of splintering parties. Both APRA and the left saw rifts confirmed, rifts that had much more to do with personal struggles for power than any ideological differences.

  • Rural communities meet to discuss solutions to water scarcity

    10 July 2017

    The holding of a conference to debate alternatives which would help those at the bottom of the heap with respect to water is an important initiative. ‘Water Doesn’t Come out of the Tap: Look Upstream’ was the title of the get-together of small-scale rural water users from all over Peru, and it took place last week from 5 to 7 July in Lima.

  • Ombudsman report points to deficiencies in control of illegal deforestation

    10 July 2017

    The expansion of palm oil and cacao production in the Amazon has been giving grave cause for concern in recent years. So the report on the impact of such crops on deforestation just issued by the Ombudsman’s office (Defensoría del Pueblo) is of considerable significance.

  • Will Zavala change course on the economy?

    1 July 2017

    One of the consequences of a minister departing is that disagreements, previously held in reserve, come to the fore. So it seems that the new minister of economy and finance, Fernando Zavala, had clashed with his predecessor, Alfredo Thorne, over macroeconomic policy.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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