Articles

  • Campaign for increased corporate transparency takes a step forward

    19 March 2017

    On 9 March, the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) agreed to insist on project-level reporting in all 51 member countries as of next year. EITI also voted to suspend Azerbaijan owing to deficiencies in the degree of civil society involvement.

  • PPK faces barrage of attacks

    11 March 2017

    On 9 March, Congress overwhelmingly supported a vote requiring the presence of Martín Vizcarra, the first vice-president and minister of transport and communications, to respond to a total of 82 questions, next Thursday, 16 March.

  • Fujimorismo splits over the case of sexual abuse in the Church

    11 March 2017

    This week the Fujimorista-dominated Congress voted not to create an investigative commission, the equivalent of a Public Enquiry, over accusations of sexual misconduct of the leader of conservative catholic group Sodalicio, Luis Fernando Figari.

  • Amnesty publishes annual report

    11 March 2017

    Amnesty International published its annual report strongly condemning what it sees as the increasing trend worldwide in hateful rhetoric “that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people to win the support of voters [and] which will have an increasingly dangerous impact on actual policy”.In Peru, Amnesty notes that there has been increased violence towards marginalised groups, singling out women and girls, indigenous peoples and the LGBTI community.

  • Vizcarra in the firing line

    5 March 2017

    Martín Vizcarra, the minister of transport and communications and also the first vice-president, is to undergo a formal questioning in Congress over his handling of the Chinchero airport contract. For his part, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has announced that he will not tolerate any forced resignation that arises out of a motion of censure against Vizcarra.

  • Vice-minister for social conflict

    5 March 2017

    On 2 March, the government is reported to have appointed Javier Fernandez-Concha Stucker as the new vice-minister for territorial governance within the office of the prime minister. Four weeks earlier, a supreme decree was published changing the institutional structure of the prime minister’s office to reflect the creation of a new vice-ministry. This is due to take over responsibility for territorial demarcation and conflict resolution, subsuming the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS).

  • 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.

  • 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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