Articles

  • Forced Sterilisation victims to get their day in court

    10 July 2016

    After more than 14 years seeking justice, the victims of the forced sterilisation programme in the 1990s might soon have their day in court. Public Prosecutor Marcelita Gutiérrez is due to present the results of her investigation this Monday, 11 July. In May 2015, she was tasked with investigating the wrongdoing that took place at the behest of the regime of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).

  • Climate change: Peru sets out its stall

    3 July 2016

    Peru is one of the world’s countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A voluminous report has just been published on advances in policy on climate change in the period since 2010.

  • Memorial event for Lord Avebury

    3 July 2016

    A memorial event was held on 30 June for Lord Avebury at the Royal Institution in London. Eric Avebury was president of the Peru Support Group from 2002 until 2012 when he had to give up because of ill health.

  • Plus ca change - How Peruvian elites stay on top

    3 July 2016

    As Peru prepares for a change of government on July 28, the question once again poses itself as to how Peruvian elites, particularly those linked to extractive industries, maintain their dominance over policy-making in the economic sphere.

  • Las Bambas: one step forward

    19 June 2016

    On 15 June, El Peruano (the official government gazette) published an important new norm governing the difficult proceedings at Las Bambas, the potentially huge Chinese-owned copper mine in Apurímac

  • PPK walks mining tightrope

    19 June 2016

    The coming weeks and months will be crucial for Peru's future. How will the new team work on the tension between, on the one hand, reassuring mining investors, securing new projects and confirming hesitant firms already half involved, while, on the other, reassuring communities affected by mining that their interests will be taken fully into account?

  • Award for Víctor Zambrano

    19 June 2016

    The work of Víctor Zambrano from the Madre de Dios region has been given international recognition last week by winning the National Geographic Award for Leadership in Conservation.

  • Slow tally

    12 June 2016

    A description of how the voting system is organised.

  • Candidates less than explicit on key social and environmental issues

    12 June 2016

    What were the key issues in the election from a social and environmental perspective? What did the two second round candidates have to say about these? What are the challenges that lie ahead for the next government?

  • The election: what's left?

    6 June 2016

    In many ways, the Peruvian election has proved a shot in the arm for the Peruvian left. It is by far the best electoral result for the left in the last 30 years

  • 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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