Articles

  • Editorial: EU Trade - Up Against the Deadline

    Update 137. December 2009 / January 2010

    At the end of January, Peruvian, Colombian and European negotiators failed to reach agreements in negotiations to create a Free Trade Agreement. With the May deadline set to sign agreements at the European Union (EU)-Latin America and Caribbean summit in Madrid fast approaching, some fancy footwork will be required to seal the deal.

  • La Oroya Refinery

    Peru Set to Miss EITI Deadline

    Update 137. December 2009 / January 2010

    Peru will not meet all the requirements needed to gain certification of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, known as EITI, by its March 9th deadline. The EITI is a global standard that promotes revenue transparency for extractives industries (mining, oil and gas).

  • Marco Arana

    Editorial: Arana Seeks to Establish a 'New' Left

    Update 136. October / November 2009

    In his speech to the PSG Conference in Oxford last month, Marco Arana called for a coming together of the Peruvian left around truly democratic values. Arana, a Catholic priest, has all but declared himself a candidate for the presidency, and is busy organising his Tierra y Libertad (Land and Freedom) party. His campaign hopes to reunify the left around a broad-based movement against the neoliberal policies pursued by the present García government and its predecessors.

  • Fujimori

    Fujimori Appeals Conviction for Human Rights Abuses

    Update 136. October / November 2009

    The trial and conviction of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for grave violations of human rights marks a watershed in the struggle against impunity in Peru and across the world. Since he fled the country in November 2000 in the wake of a series of scandals, Fujimori sought to evade justice. His decision to travel to Chile in 2005 led to his eventual extradition to Peru to stand trial for four cases of grave violations of human rights, as well as a long list of cases of corruption and abuse of power.

  • Coca growers

    Editorial: Cocaine and Corruption

    Update 135. August / September 2009

    Squeeze the balloon here and the air pops up elsewhere. This is the age old problem facing drug eradication efforts in the Andes: suppress the production of coca and cocaine in one country (Colombia) and it simply moves to another location (Peru and Bolivia). According to a recent study, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Peru may have already taken over from Colombia as the world's number one exporter of cocaine.

  • Indigenous Protesters

    Amazon Update: Commissions Set Up to Investigate Bagua

    Update 135. August / September 2009

    According to some press reports, peace in the Peruvian Amazon is tentative and there are fears that protests may erupt again as dialogue seems to have produced few results. Furthermore, a judge in Lima has requested that Interpol issue international arrest warrants against exiled AIDESEP (Inter-ethnic Association of Development of the Peruvian Jungle) leader Alberto Pizango and four other indigenous leaders.

  • UK Public Meeting on Amazon Violence

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    Over 90 people attended a public meeting organised jointly by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Peru, the Peru Support Group (PSG) and Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). The meeting was held at the Houses of Parliament on Monday June 22nd 2009 to give participants an opportunity to discuss the broad issues at play in the Peruvian Amazon and in particular the consequences of the Peruvian government's propagation of the 'Law of the Jungle'.

  • Alan Garcia

    Editorial: García Invokes Optimism

    Update 134. June / July 2009

    The annual presidential speech to Congress on Independence Day (July 28th) is a set-piece event through which whoever holds office highlights his achievements, minimises his shortcomings, and seeks generally to boost his public profile. Alan García's third in his present term (2006-11) was no exception.

  • Editorial: Stirring Regional Tensions

    UPDATE 133. May / April 2009

    Alan Garcia's decision to extend diplomatic asylum to three former Bolivian ministers - wanted by the Morales government in relation to the enquiry into a massacre in 2003 - is not only a calculated snub to the Bolivian president but also a move that has domestic significance. The more Peru distances itself from Bolivia (and Venezuela) the more Garcia seeks to identify Ollanta Humala as a friend of Peru's supposed foes.

  • A river in the Amazon

    Indigenous Groups Demand Reform of the 'Law of the Jungle'

    Update 133. May / April 2009

    Indigenous groups in Peru have blockaded roads and rivers, primarily in the Amazon region, in protest against a series of legislative decrees, collectively known as the 'Law of the Jungle'. This was approved last year by President Alan Garcia to make Peruvian law conform to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. They believe that the legislation will facilitate the access of multinational companies into the region, specifically those related to oil, mining, logging and agriculture, and further eliminate indigenous peoples' right to prior consultation and consent.

  • 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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