Articles

  • IACHR cancellation causes offense among indigenous

    5 March 2017

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has reprogrammed its visit to the Peruvian Amazon to April, having abandoned its previous commitment to do so last month. The last minute scrapping of the visit planned for February caused widespread annoyance and frustration among the peoples of Amazonas

  • All eyes on the public prosecutor

    27 February 2017

    Busy times for Peru’s public prosecutor, with former first lady Nadine Heredia joining Alejandro Toledo in the line of those accused of receiving funds from Odebrecht. Tricky times too in managing to maintain judicial impartiality when faced with a whirlwind of politically-inspired gossip and innuendo.

  • From macro-corruption to the micro

    27 February

    While the public prosecutor’s office struggles with problems of macro-corruption, other forms of corruption (which could be termed ‘micro-corruption’) are an everyday occurrence in the pursuit of resources to realise small-scale public sector investment at the local level.

  • Ombudsman issues a damning report on the regulation of environmental impacts

    27 February 2017

    The Peruvian Obudsman’s office, the Defensoria del Pueblo, has just published a noteworthy piece of work. In 266 pages it reviews in great detail how far the national legal framework for monitoring the environmental effects of economic activity is ‘fit for purpose’. It concludes with 64 recommendations directed at specific agents in the public sector in all its relevant spheres.

  • Chinese mining standards come under scrutiny

    18 February 2017

    A seminar organised by the Congress (in conjunction with Cooperacción, Oxfam and IISCAL) on 17 February provided a timely opportunity to discuss the environmental and social standards applicable to Chinese investments in Peru.

  • Government legislative decrees may threaten indigenous land rights

    18 February 2017

    Analysis of the 112 legislative decrees passed by the executive in the 90 days leading up to 6 January have been undertakenby indigenous and human rights organisations which have assessed the implications of some of these decrees for the most vulnerable populations.

  • The Quipu Project

    18 February 2017

    This week we are including links to the Quipu Project, this ‘living documentary’ created by a group for people in Peru and in the United Kingdom. The project aims to provide a resource for those who were forcefully sterilised in Peru during the 1990s.

  • Toledo arrest warrant issued

    11 February 2017

    On 9 February, the Peruvian courts issued an international warrant for the arrest of former president Alejandro Toledo (2001-06). Toledo was named as having received US$20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction company. Toledo has maintained his innocence of the charges against him.

  • The ABC of exercising influence

    11 February 2017

    Writing in the business newspaper Gestión, Manuel Romero Caro outlines the various strategies used by Odebrecht (and probably other companies of the same ilk) in influencing government decisions in its favour.

  • Toledo accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes

    5 February 2017

    According to testimony from senior Odebrecht executives gained through plea bargaining, the Brazilian construction company paid former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo US$20 million in bribes to secure contracts to build the Inter-Oceanic highway linking Peru and Brazil. The money was paid through a series of offshore accounts between 2005 and 2008.

  • 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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