Articles

  • Congress rejects electoral reform proposals

    7 May 2017

    The congressional working group which has been revising proposals for electoral reform has rejected the suggestion that the required number of signatures for party registration should be lowered from 4% of the total electorate to 1%. This flies in the face of recommendations made by the electoral authorities themselves and backed by NGOs like Transparencia.

  • Film makers seized by police

    28 April 2017

    On 21 April, Jen Moore from the organization Canada Mining Watch and journalist John Dougherty from the United States were detained by police in the city of Cuzco for alleged infringements to visa regulations and for “altering the public order”. They were finally released at midnight on 21 April, following four hours in police custody.

  • 'Turning the page': possible Fujimori release betokens change of strategy

    28 April 2017

    In a phrase widely taken to mean rapprochement with the pro-Fujimori majority in Congress, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced last week (and has repeated it since) that he was ‘turning the page’ in order to build a more unified society.

  • The infamous Ley 30230: at last some progress

    28 April 2017

    Congress has at last approved the repeal of an important article of Ley 30230. This is the law introduced in 2014 which aimed to increase foreign investment by reducing obstacles in the shape of environmental regulation.

  • Fujimoristas continue to champion the conservative agenda

    10 April 2017

    Continuing with the agenda they have been promoting as a political party since becoming a majority in Congress the Fujimoristas have attacked the Legislative Decree DL 1323. The decree had been passed to protect women, children and members of the LGBTQ community from abuse.

  • Letter from Puno

    10 April 2017

    The Sunday market in Ilave brings farmers and traders from all over the southern Altiplano, a gathering that fills the town centre with brightly coloured plastic awnings. It looks like a fairly good agricultural year, following months of rain. The Altiplano is green, the crops plentiful, and the landscape full of yellow and orange flowers. But appearances can be deceptive: Puno is one of the poorest areas of Peru.

  • Judicial ruling affirms the right to free, prior and informed consent in a historic decision

    10 April 2017

    On 28 March, the Fourth Constitutional Court in Lima ruled in favour of an appeal brought forward in August 2014 by Indigenous awajún and wampi organizations, in relation to the licencing of oil exploration and exploitation activities in Lote 116.

  • PSG Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

    3 April 2017

    The PSG has submitted to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) our assessment of some of the most pressing human rights concerns in the country. The UPR is a State-driven process where each Member State has the opportunity to talk about their human rights record.This year, Peru (and many other countries) will be assessed in November.

  • The Business and Human Rights Research Centre publishes the first ranking of human rights performance for 98 companies

    3 April 2017

    The BHRRC has released the first of what promises to be a fascinating and rewarding ranking of major international corporations in terms of their human rights performance. For this first report the organisation has ranked 98 companies covering three sectors: agriculture, apparel and extractives. The results are not impressive, though somewhat encouraging for Peru.

  • Chincero, blessing or curse?

    3 April 2017

    Adorning the lamp posts of central Cuzco are placards thanking President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for his part in facilitating the go-ahead for the new airport at Chinchero. The problem is that the airport project, the subject of corruption allegations, does not appear anywhere near take-off.

  • 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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