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8 Dec 2014
As part of its campaign against torture, Amnesty International has released a global survey on attitudes to torture.
29 November 2014
With only days to go before the 7 December second round of regional elections, one of the most interesting contests is taking place in Puno, in the south-east of the country on the border with Bolivia.
16 November 2014
Cusco is one of the many regions of Peru where a second round of elections for regional president is due on December 7 but it looks improbable that the quality of governance will improve over the next four-year period.
2 November 2014
Almost four years since Beatriz Merino formally stepped down as Human Rights Ombudsman in 2011, Congress has once again failed in its duty to appoint someone to this important public role.
26 October 2014
One of the most striking victories in the recent election of regional presidents was that of Gregorio Santos in Cajamarca. He won over 50% of the vote from his prison cell, having effectively turned the regional election into a plebiscite on Conga, the giant mining project. But the elections also saw widespread victories for other candidates critical of mining projects in their areas.
18 October 2014
It’s a year and a half to the next presidential elections. Though this may sound a long time in Peruvian politics, the main political actors are now moving into gear for the big fight in 2016, now that the municipal and regional elections are over.
28 September 2014
With municipal and regional elections imminent, Peruvian voters may be forgiven for wondering about the value of democratic institutions in their country. What you vote for is far from being any guarantee of what you get.
31 August 2014
The lack of a feeling of citizen security in Peru has long been one of the top concerns of potential voters when consulted by the various polling agencies whose surveys have become a staple of newspapers and television.
31 July 2014
With investment rates in extractive industries falling, what is the best way to reverse this trend? Surely rescinding existing environmental legislation is not the way to do it. But this is the path on which the Humala administration – under constant lobbying pressure from the investor community – appears resolved to pursue.
28 June 2014
Corruption has never been far from the surface of Peruvian politics, but with the October local elections approaching, the scale of corruption has become depressingly clear in sub-national levels of government throughout much of the country. Regional governments in as many as 19 of Peru’s 25 regions are under investigation for corruption.