• Acuña and Guzmán: victims of the ides of March

    13 March 2016

    Last week’s decision by the Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (JNE) to exclude two candidates casts a shadow over the electoral process with less than a month to go before the first round on 10 April. The JNE, responding to appeals against rulings by a lower-ranking electoral tribunal, opted to bar both Julio Guzmán and César Acuña from the presidential race.

  • The tide of anti-fujimorismo

    13 March 2016

    Following Cesar Acuña’s removal from the presidential race for giving monetary incentives to his supporters, calls for Keiko Fujimori to be barred for the same reason have increased.

  • EITI Global meeting in Lima, February 2016

    8 March 2016

    The Peru Support Group was present at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, held in Lima on 24 and 25 February. The issue of civil society and its participation in the EITI proved to be a fractious issue, with some civil society groups walking out of the conference in protest.

  • Elections: two presidential candidates barred

    6 March 2016

    With only a month to go the presidential elections, we still don’t know who the candidates are. This is because on 4 March, the Special Electoral Jury (JEE) ruled that two prominent candidates, César Acuña and Julio Guzmán, are not going to be allowed to participate.

  • Mendoza speaks her mind

    6 March 2016

    On 28 February, in an interview in the daily paper Peru 21 with the journalist Mariella Balbi, she shared her thoughts on a number of key campaign issues.

  • EITI: civil society and rumpus in Lima

    27 February 2016

    Judging from this week’s UK press coverage of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Conference – held in Lima – readers would have thought discussions were mainly dominated by the brouhaha caused by the selections process of candidates on to the EITI Board

  • Requiem for an old party?

    27 February 2016

    It is always dangerous to write off a political party, especially in the heat of an election campaign. But Alan García’s lowly ratings in all the main opinion polls suggest that APRA, Peru’s oldest mass-based political party, is reaching a very low point in its political fortunes.

  • Most candidates colour-blind when it comes to seeing green

    20 February2016

    With the attention of the political world in Lima focused on the Guzmán case and the role of the controversial ruling of the JNE, key issues in the election, such as the fate of the environment in Peru, are being largely ignored.

  • Guzman's candidacy put on ice

    20 February 2016

    Although not yet formally barred from participating in the presidential elections, Julio Guzmán’s candidacy has been put on ice, and there is growing concern in Lima that he may not be allowed to participate. The National Electoral Jury decided on 16 February by three-votes-to-two that Guzmán’s Party ‘Todos Para Perú’  had failed to follow proper procedures when presenting his candidacy.

  • Forced sterilizations: no report until after elections

    15 February 2016

    The results of the judicial investigation against former president Alberto Fujimori and his three health ministers responsible for the forced sterilisation programme in the mid 1990s have been postponed for a further 150 days, ensuring that the results will not be available until after the election campaign is over.

  • 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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