Articles

  • PPK's wish-list

    29 July 2016

    In his inaugural address on 28 July, newly-elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called for unity, laying out his vision for Peru for the forthcoming five years. He presented his dream of a more modern and equitable country by the time that Peru celebrates the bicentenary of its independence in 2021.

  • Two-thirds majority

    29 July 2016

    When it finally came to electing Luz Salgado, a Fujimori traditionalist, as president of Congress for the forthcoming year, APRA and Alianza para el Progreso (of César Acuña) threw their lot in with Fuerza Popular (FP), with Ricard Acuña (APP) and Elías Rodríguez (APRA) sharing in the presidency. So it was that Salgado received 87 votes (out of 130), more than two-thirds.

  • Reports underline need for improved natural resource governance

    29 July 2016

    The incoming government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has given every possible signal that the more successful use and governance of Peru's natural resources will be a cornerstone of its development strategy.

  • Friction pointers between President and Congress

    23 July 2016

    This next week sees the inauguration of a new government presided by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The new Congress was already sworn in on 22 July, with the Fujimorista Luz Salgado as its president. The scene is therefore set for a potential trial of strength between the executive and legislature in which Kuczynski’s partisans are in a tiny minority of 18 out of 130.

  • International rulings favour Peru and Peruvians

    23 July 2016

    In the High Court in London, an important step forward occurred in the case being brought by 22 indigenous Peruvians against Xstrata, which in 2012 was the owner of the Tintaya mine in Espinar. The ruling on 21 July found the company to be in error in not having disclosed a provocative email from an Xstrata director to its senior South American manager

  • Ayacucho assault case adds to demands on women's rights

    23 July 2016

    On 16 July the stark naked man filmed dragging a woman, Cindy Arlette Contreras, by the hair in a hotel in Ayacucho was freed with a suspended sentence of one year. The judges ruled that there was no proof that there had been either rape or the risk of death, and that the attack that took year a year previously on 13 July had involved only minor injuries.

  • PPK unveils new cabinet

    18 July 2016

    On 15 July, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his first cabinet. As expected, it represents more a technocratic team than one that solidifies political alliances.

  • New government faces tough extractives legacy

    18 July 2016

    On 13 July, the key environmental NGOs CooperAcción, Fedepaz and Grufides presented the 18th report of the Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros. This covers the first six months of 2016 and makes recommendations to the new government. The commentators underlined the report's main highlight: that under the Humala government social conflicts averaged 217 in any one month, 70% of which were social/environmental.

  • Peru opens new high-altitude prison

    18 July 2016

    On 9 July, Peru opened its newest prison at 4,100 metres above sea level in Cochamarca, in the central Andes. The country has the dubious honour of being host to some of the highest and most inhospitable prisons in the world, including the Challapalca prison, located at 4,600 metres.

  • Human rights defenders 'on dangerous ground'

    10 July 2016

    A new report by Global Witness covers 16 countries, documenting violence against human rights defenders in 2015. Peru has the fourth highest number of documented activist deaths. Twelve people lost their lives last year, of which eleven were related to mining or other extractive activities. Since 2002, 80% of the 69 people killed in Peru were linked to extractives.

  • 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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