Articles

  • Thorne hangs by a thread

    19 June 2017

    Alfredo Thorne’s future as minister of economy and finance hangs by a thread. Opposition politicians from both the right and the left suggested that a motion of censure would be presented before Congress either on Monday (19 June) or Tuesday. If this happens it will seriously ratchet up the constitutional conflict between the legislative and executive branches.

  • OEFA's future hinges on Court verdict

    19 June 2017

    The future of the Oficina de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental (OEFA) rests in the hands of the Constitutional Tribunal (TC), following an appeal lodged by the mining company Perubar, a subsidiary of Glencore. The company wants the TC to rule unconstitutional the payments that businesses must give to OEFA, and that OEFA should return the money that the company has paid hitherto.

  • Is social conflict in decline as the Defensoría suggests?

    19 June 2017

    Each month the Defensoría del Pueblo, the ombudsman’s office, publishes a tally of social conflicts. In the last few months, the Defensoría’s figures show a surprising fall in the number of conflicts regarded as ‘active’.

  • Deepening of divides within Fuerza Popular

    11 June 2017

    Divisions within the opposition Fujimoristas again became apparent last week. The Fuerza Popular (FP) party still controls Congress but it is suffering internal divisions. Last week, the protagonist of the latest scuffle was Patricia Donayre, representative for Loreto who had been given the job of coming up with proposals for a law on electoral reform.

  • Water doesn't come from your tap

    11 June 2017

    This is the title of the upcoming national meeting in Lima to discuss water issues, organised by a group of NGOs. The encounter will take place on 5-7 July; in preparation for it, 70 grassroots leaders from Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cuzco and Puno met in Cuzco at the beginning of June.

  • IACHR discusses two complaints by Peruvian CSOs

    11 June 2017

    During the 162nd hearings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, held in Buenos Aires from 22–26 May, Peru’s civil society organizations (CSOs) had the opportunity to express a series of concerns about what they perceive are worrying human rights trends in Peru.

  • Growth slows in first quarter

    4 June 2017

    Peru’s growth rate has followed a downwards path in the last few months. The reasons for the slowdown are not hard to find. The floods that affected Peru in the first quarter have played a major role, as has the suspension of major infrastructure projects like the Southern Peru gas pipeline for which Odebrecht was the lead contractor.

  • One step forward, two steps back?

    4 June 2017

    Since last year’s strong electoral performance by Verónika Mendoza and the Frente Amplio, the spirit of unity within the left in Peru swiftly dissipated.

  • Shadow report criticizes Glencore's record in Latin America, as well as national governments

    4 June 2017

    Since 2012, a group of NGOs has been developing research on the activities of Glencore. The Peruvian participants involved are Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras (DHSF) and Cooperacción. The group has now produced an 84-page report covering four countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.

  • A bad week for PPK

    28 May 2017

    It has not been a good week for the Kuczynski administration. Faced with the possibility of being censured in Congress, Transport and Communications Minister Martín Vizcarra tendered his resignation on 22 May. This followed the publication of a highly critical report by the Comptroller-General’s office on the addendum to the Chinchero airport contract.

  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    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.

  • 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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