Articles

  • Freed MRTA leader causes stir

    26 September 2015

    After serving his 25-year prison sentence, Peter Cárdenas Schulte was freed on 22 September. He was first convicted following his capture in Lima in 1992 for being a leading member of the MRTA.

  • Private companies and the police: recent events in Espinar

    26 September 2015

    The issue of contracts between private companies and the police for security services has been a cause of grave concern now for several years, particularly with regard to the management of protest in the mining sector. The issue has arisen again in Espinar.

  • New poverty map

    26 September 2015

    The National Statistic Institute has recently published a new Poverty Map that reveals some interesting changes in the distribution of poverty since the last one in 2009.

  • JNE takes Congress to task over parties bill

    21 September 2015

    Faced with the imminence of next year’s general election, the issue of reform to the law governing political parties has gained salience in the Congress, but the draft produced by the congressional constitution commission has been criticised by the electoral authorities as well as specialist NGOs.

  • Corruption, drug trafficking and political 'smokescreens'

    21 September 2015

    Increasingly issues of party funding are becoming enmeshed in flows of money from organised crime while, as electioneering is stepped up, politicians of all colours become the subject of accusations of dodgy deals and media manipulation.

  • Shades of Right?

    21 September 2015

    If the opinion polls are to be believed, the most plausible candidates for next year’s presidential elections all agree on the same thing: the continuance of the economic model of neo-liberalism to which the government of Alberto Fujimori gave birth in the early 1990s.

  • Former vice-minister doubts 'miracle'

    12 September 2015

    José De Echave, formerly vice-minister of the environment under Ollanta Humala, and director of the NGO CooperAcción, has come out with a strongly-worded attack on the ‘flavour’ of announcement by the IMF and World Bank.

  • First Lady under fire

    12 September 2015

    Nadine Heredia Alarcón, the wife of President Ollanta Humala, has been under investigation and there have been repeated attempts to link her to Martín Belaunde Lossio. In the past weeks this questioning has intensified.

  • The decentralisation of opposition

    12 September 2015

    The recent mobilisation in Loreto in defence of Petroperú and its claim on Block 192 underlines one of the most salient facets of Peruvian politics in the last 15 years: the decentralisation of opposition to the liberal economic agenda of the central government

  • Block 192: Government in disarray; indigenous indignant

    7 September 2015

    Peru’s government and its Congress appear to be at loggerheads over control of Block 192, the country’s main onshore source of crude. The issue throws into question the government’s whole approach to prior consultation.

  • 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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