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09 July 2012
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently warned: "[t]he increasingly systematic and recurring way in which baseless criminal actions are brought against human rights defenders [across Latin America] has caused this obstacle to gain visibility in the region and to become a problem that merits urgent attention". The following report - written by a series of international NGOs and networks -analyses this issue by drawing on examples from Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia.
No. 151. May - June 2012
Peruvian women suffered widespread sexual violence during the country's armed conflict. Though the war has long ceased, levels of domestic and gender-based violence remain high to date. In this article Paula Escribens, formerly of women’s rights organisation DEMUS, analyses the difficulties which Peruvian women continue to face.
01 June 2012
Amnesty International urges political intervention in support of Oscar Mollohuanca, the mayor of Espinar, southern Peru. According to the release, the public official was detained on 30 May inside the municipal building by at least 30 police officers, who showed no arrest warrant and gave no reason for detaining him. He risks ill-treatment and could face an unfair trial.
31 May 2012
The tyranny of statistics is back with a vengeance. First, we had Bill Gates in February telling the Spanish government that it makes no sense to “help countries like Peru, a middle income country with a per capita income of US$ 10,000, while there are children dying of malaria and people unable to get medicines for AIDS”. “Peru”, said Gates “has resources to exploit and could be as rich as a European country”.
15 May 2012
This recently released Christian Aid report highlights the gap between the rich and extremely poor which has fuelled crime and political instability in Latin America. A chapter on Peru examines the phenomenon of glacial melt, which directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers in the country. It also discusses development in the Huancavelica province, where nearly 80% of the population live in poverty.
150 . Feb - Mar 2012
According to the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman, today there are over 20 'latent conflicts' related to extractive activity in the country. Many such disputes are likely to flare up once more as García-era suspensions expire on Humala’s watch. Of these, the conflict over Piura’s Río Blanco project is set to be the most serious.
In this article, written for the Peru Support Group, Leonith Hinojosa, researcher at the Open University and external associate at the University of Manchester, discusses the increasing demands on Peruvian water supplies and examines the conflicts which competition over resources have caused.
13 December 2011
President Ollanta Humala announced a major cabinet reshuffle on December 11, following the departure of Salomon Lerner Ghitis as president of the Council of Ministers. Lerner has been replaced by Oscar Valdés Dancuart, a retired colonel, previously interior minister. The reshuffle, which saw several left-of-centre figures dropped from the cabinet, has been widely seen as ushering in a period of more authoritarian government.
No. 148. October - November 2011
Last month the Peru Support Group invited Gana Perú deputy Javier Diez Canseco to the UK. In this interview for our bimonthly publication, the Peru Update, the Congressman describes changes in Peruvian politics since July and outlines plans for tackling corruption, social conflict and exclusion in the country.
IHS Global Insight
In this article Diego Moya-Ocampos, Peru analyst at IHS Global Insight, reflects on changes and continuity in Peruvian economic policy since the inauguration of President Ollanta Humala. He also identifies a number of challenges for the Humala administration going forward, including the renegotiation of the Camisea gas contracts and the country's ongoing social conflicts.