Articles

  • Congressional Commission to investigate Odebrecht bribery scandal

    9 Janaury 2017

    On 4 January, a congressional commission was created to deal with the accusations of illegal payments to government officials by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company. Congressman Víctor Albrecht has been selected to lead the commission.The government has reached an agreement with Odebrecht to provide relevant information.

  • Strategy for dealing with conflicts?

    9 January 2017

    As 2017 dawns, the conflictive inheritance from 2016 makes itself felt. The latest figures from the Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) show that there were no less than 213 conflicts as of the end of last November, the great majority classified as ‘social-environmental’ and most of these to do with mining.

  • At the end of the year

    18 December 2016

    It has been an eventful year for Peruvian politics. Not only did we see the nail-bitingly close outcome of the second round presidential election in June, with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski snatching victory at the expense of Keiko Fujimori, but also the extraordinary results of the legislative elections which gave Fujimori’s followers well over half the seats in Congress.These results have put Peruvian politics on a highly unstable footing

  • Civil society and FTA monitoring: the importance of Title IX

    18 December 2016

    On 8 December, the Peru Support Group, as part of the European-wide coalition Peru European Platform (PEP), travelled to Brussels to attend an open civil society forum hosted by the European Commission. Delegates from Peru, Colombia and the EU civil society gathered to discuss the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement’s provisions on sustainable development contained in Title IX of the FTA treaty.

  • Congress v Saavedra

    11 December 2016

    The interpelación (questioning) of Education Minister Jaime Saavedra led to the Fujimoristas in Congress deciding to push ahead with a motion of censure. The Fuerza Popular (FP) majority block says it intends to push ahead with the vote against Saavedra, probably in the next few days.

  • Government responds on Las Bambas dispute

    11 December 2016

    The government’s proposals on the Las Bambas dispute were delivered in person by Vice-president Martín Vizcarra on 7 December. He was accompanied on his visit to Cotabambas by the ministers of justice and of agriculture, and by Rolando Luque, head of the Oficina Nacional de Diálogo y Sostenibilidad (ONDS).

  • Congress versus Saavedra

    4 December 2016

    Following weeks of speculation, the official questioning (interpelación) of Education Minister Jaime Savedra has been approved by Congress and is due to take place on 7 December. He faces legislators over accusations about alleged mismanagement of computer procurement and delays in preparations for the Pan-American Games.

  • Drought in the highlands

    4 December 2016

    Lack of rain in the Andes has caused serious problems of water supply, with the government declaring on 28 November a state of emergency in 37 river basins from Piura in the north to Tacna in the south.

  • Espinar: the use and abuse of dialogue forums

    4 December 2016

    We recently reported on an agreement reached in Espinar, Cuzco, between the government and representatives of the local community, in the three-year-old saga of the dialogue forum (mesa de diálogo) there.

  • Nadine Heredia's FAO posting causes ructions

    27 November 2016

    On 24 November, Nadine Heredia, the former first lady, travelled to Geneva to take up a posting with the United Nations Food Programme. In Peru, the reaction was immediate. Not only did many politicians demand she return to Lima but even the foreign ministry requested her post be rescinded.

  • 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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