Articles

  • 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.

  • Insurrection in Andahuaylas

    Update 107. 31 January 2005

    New Year's Eve celebrations in the southern sierra town of Andahuaylas were rudely interrupted when an armed group of more than 150 people attacked the police station and took its occupants hostage.

  • 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.

  • 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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