Articles

  • Consultation Law Gives New Hope to Indigenous Peoples

    Update 139. April / May 2010

    A year ago, Peruvians were aghast by the tragic turn of events at Bagua, a small town in the northern jungle. At least 15 policemen and five members of the Awajun indigenous tribe died in a violent clash on June 5. An additional five inhabitants of Bagua and Bagua Grande were killed by the police and another nine policemen by indigenous people at an oil pumping station.

  • Editorial: Towards Elections - Neoliberalism or Neoliberalism?

    Update 138. February / March 2010

    In just over a year's time, Peruvians will be going to the polls to elect a new president and Congress. At this point, it is impossible to know who will win. There will probably be a proliferation of candidates for president; the allure of office (and all that goes with it) provides a powerful attraction to members of the political class and even those outside it.

  • Womankind

    International Women's Day 2010: Stop, Think, and Become a Leader - WOMANKIND's Work in Peru

    Update 138. February / March 2010

    To commemorate International Women's Day on March 8th, the PSG asked UK-based NGO WOMANKIND to contribute an article to this edition of the Peru Update to bring our members up to date on its work in Peru. Besides its work in Peru, the organisation also works closely with 37 partner community groups in 15 developing countries.

  • 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'.

  • 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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