Articles

  • New Environmental Law has great potential - will it make a difference?

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    One of the best things about the controversy generated by the new Environment Law has been that it has begun to affect public opinion about a problem that is beginning to take a heavy toll. An effective policy of environmental protection is a necessary priority for a country like Peru.

  • Editorial: International and Peruvian NGOs under fire

    Update 112. 30 November 2005

    When established interests find themselves under attack, it is becoming increasingly common for them to reach for the 'T' word, and accuse their opponents of being part of some international web of terrorist intrigue.

  • Editorial: Corruption continues

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    The recent marches in Lima and other Peruvian cities to protest against corruption reflect the widespread disillusionment felt by many Peruvians. Five years ago, the hundreds of 'Vladivideos' and other revelations showed how common corrupt practices were at all levels of Peruvian society.

  • Global Call for Action Against Poverty in Peru

    Update 110. 31 July 2005

    To mark the start of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, the Peruvian "La Pobreza ¡YA FUE!" campaign (the Peruvian GCAP/White Band campaign) carried out a mass lobby of the 8 embassies of the G8.

  • The Campaign for Dignified Housing for All:

    Update 109. 31 May 2005

    Although the right to adequate housing was removed from the Peruvian constitution during the Fujimori government, minimum housing standards are defined as fundamental rights in international human rights treaties.

  • Editorial: Gleneagles and Debt

    Update 109. 31 May 2005

    Much has been said about the British government's stand on debt, and much more will be said about it as the Gleneagles meeting of the G8 approaches. Gordon Brown's much-vaunted 'new deal' for developing countries has been given a top billing, including his proposals for debt reduction.

  • Editorial: Make Poverty History

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The 'Make Poverty History' campaign is designed to influence decisions at this year's Group of Eight (G8) summit in July.

  • PSG Public Lecture TRCs: Lessons from the Peruvian Experience

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The PSG hosted a public seminar in Belfast at the Irish School of Ecumenics on the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The conference took a fresh look at the TRC, and considered the lessons that can be learnt from the Peruvian experience in the context of Northern Ireland.

  • Advancing Judicial Reform in Peru: An Opportunity Lost?

    Update 108. 31 March 2005

    The task of modernising the judicial sector was high on the reform agenda that accompanied Peru's return to democracy in 2000. Yet achievement of judicial reform that addresses low public confidence in the judicial system, and, as outlined in the National Agreement of 2001, the need to strengthen Peruvian democracy, continues to prove elusive.

  • Editorial: Mining, But For Whom?

    Update 107. 31 January 2005

    President Alejandro Toledo's anticipated visit to Britain in March to attend a Foreign Office conference on extractive industries once again raises the issue of mining and how the benefits are distributed. The UK is Peru's largest single source of foreign investment, and that investment is overwhelmingly in the mining sector.

  • 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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