Articles

  • Editorial: 2006 Elections: A Challenge to the Political Class

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    Politics and politicking have become almost synonymous over the last few years in Peru. The record of the Toledo administration in taking bold steps to resolve Peru's deep-seated problems has been dismal. Scandal and sleaze have been the everyday fare of politics. It is hardly surprising that the average voter is heartily brassed-off.

  • Lawyer for Human Rights Organisation Receives Death Threats

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    On 23 January 2003, the human rights organisation Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) launched their campaign to extradite former President Alberto Fujimori from Japan. That same month Gloria Cano, a lawyer for APRODEH, who spoke at the PSG Annual conference last year, was verbally abused and beaten by an unidentified group outside her office. The attack has never been investigated by the authorities.

     

  • World AIDS Day Celebrations in Ica, Peru

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    December 1st will see World Aids Day events taking place throughout the world. The community of Ica, a coastal town not far south of Lima, will be celebrating at the 'Health Centre for the Defence of Life'. They have a lot to celebrate.

  • Practical Steps to Implement the Recommendations of the TRC

    Update 106. 30 November 2004

    More than one year has passed since the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) concluded that little has changed for individuals, families and communities affected by the countries civil war. There has been poor advance in the implementation of the recommendations of the commission, particularly those relating to rights to truth, justice and reparations in favour of indigenous people.

  • Editorial: FTA: Winners and Losers

    Update 105. 30 September 2004

    President Alejandro Toledo called on George Bush on September 21 in a bid to speed up Peru's attempts to engineer a free trade agreement (FTA) between three of the Andean countries (Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) and the United States.

  • Decentralisation and Economic Solidarity: A meeting with Dr. Yehude Simon

    Update 105. 30 September 2004

    Dr Yehude Simon Munaro is the elected President of the Regional Government of Lambayeque, a northern province of Peru, and the founder of a new political party, The Humanist Movement of Peru. From 1985 - 92 Simon was a congressman.

  • Editorial: Protest and Pinning the Blame

    Update 104. 31 July 2004

    Reacting to a riot in Ayacucho at the beginning of July, Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero was quick to pin the blame on Sendero Luminoso. He was backed up in this assessment by Education Minister Javier Sota Nadal and Interior Minister Javier Reategui. It is often useful for government ministers to have a handy explanation for things when they go wrong, but it is easy to miss the point - perhaps intentionally.

  • 21 Years of Pain, a Future of Healing?

    Update 104. 31 July 2004

    On Tuesday 22 June 2004, the families of five men who disappeared in 1983 were finally able to bury the remains of their loved ones. The remains of Virginio Moreno Machaca, Cirilo Galindo Huamaní, Francisco Huamaní Galindo, Moisés Huamaní Calloccunto y Martín Vilca Tomaylla were identified after the two mass graves they shared with seven as yet officially unidentified bodies were exhumed in April 2004.

  • Editorial: All That Glitters...

    Update 103. 30 April 2004

    On the face of it, Peru should benefit enormously from the recent recovery in the prices of precious and base metals on world markets. Economists say that growth this year is likely to be in the region of 4-5% and that the country's exports should hit US$9 billion for the first time.

  • Parliamentary Delegation to Peru

    Update 103. 30 April 2004

    PSG members and regular readers of the Peru Update will know that the PSG has been a strong supporter of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Peru. Since joining the Co-ordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos campaign for the creation of a commission in issue 86 in April/May 2001 we have continued to support their work since the commission was set up in July that year.

  • 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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