Articles

  • Fujimori's future: official pardon, house arrest, or stay in jail?

    13 MAY 2017

    The issue of Fujimori's detention returned to the headlines last week, as the Fujimorista majority in Congress piled on the pressure for a full-blown presidential pardon, threatening the future of two government ministers.

  • Fujimori faces new charges

    13 May 2017

    While his supporters try once again to obtain his freedom, Alberto Fujimori faces the prospect of further trials for homicide and corruption.

  • Reduced stringency in air quality controls raises NGO anger

    7 May 2017

    On 8 April the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) released draft proposals for reform of air-quality regulation in Peru. These are now under consideration by the congressional committee on the environment, in the midst of a storm of protest and concern about the wisdom of weakening controls. The level of concern is all the greater, given the association being made between the proposed measures and the need to find investors for the metallurgical complex at La Oroya.

  • 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.

  • 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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