Articles

  • Fire in Cantagallo leaves indigenous migrants bereft

    6 November 2016

    On 4 November, the Shipibo Conibo community that had established itself in a shanty town close to the River Rímac in central Lima was devastated by fire. More than 300 houses were burnt to the ground and more than 1,000 people lost everything they owned.

  • Fujimoristas place their own as new BCRP board members

    29 October 2016

    The Fujimorista majority, alongside their allies in APRA, has voted in three new board members of the Central Reserve Bank (BCRP). They include two candidates put forward by Fuerza Popular (FP), José Chlimper and Elmer Cuba, plus Rafael Rey, nominated by APRA members of Congress.

  • Las Bambas: road remains blocked to mine trucks

    29 October 2016

    The whole country is watching closely as the Kuczynski government attempts to deal with the critical situation at the Las Bambas in Apurímac where, two weeks ago, a protester was shot dead by the police. It was a wise move to send the vice-president in person, since he is a former governor of nearby Moquegua region.

  • Improving water supplies and sanitation

    29 October 2016

    Peru is among those countries most likely to be affected by climate change. The arid nature of the western highlands and the coastal strip already puts water supplies at a premium, and the speed at which glacial melt is progressing puts future supply at risk. The needs of mining and irrigated agriculture will simply exacerbate water shortages.

  • Las Bambas: Vizcarra contributes to the reduction of tension

    24 October 2016

    A visit by Martín Vizcarra, Peru’s vice-president, to Las Bambas on 22 October sought to resolve the stand-off between communities and MMG mining over the transshipment of minerals through community lands. Vizcarra promised to look into the problems that have arisen during a 45-day truce, but a number of the communities most directly involved have so far refused to lift their road blocks preventing mineral cargos leaving the mine for the port of Mollendo.

  • Kuczynski vows to fight corruption

    24 October 2016

    Still reeling from the corruption scandal created by his former health advisor, Carlos Moreno, Kuczynski announced five measures on 17 October to fight corruption nationwide. This had been a key priority in his address to the nation on 28 July. But barely three months later, he faces a crisis of confidence on this matter. Many perceive his choice of Moreno as an advisor as deeply problematic.

  • Snipping the SNIP

    16 October 2016

    The Kuzynski government has announced that it will be getting rid of the Sistema Nacional de Inversión Pública (SNIP), the system by which the Ministry of Economy and Finance controls the selection of projects to be implemented by sub-national tiers of government.

  • Corruption scandal continues to impact government

    16 October 2016

    However much the president and his prime minister have attempted to distance themselves from the disgraced Carlos Moreno (see last week’s PSG newsletter), the repercussions keep coming. There has been continued scrutiny as to how and why Moreno was allowed such access to the president when there were already many murmurings about how he conducted his business. Just how the audiotape was made of Moreno discussing his intention to profit from the heath system has also been a matter conjecture.

  • Communities blockade River Marañón in protest at oil spills

    10 October 2016

    The Federation of Native Communities from Alto Tigre (Feconat) has called upon Rolando Luque, the newly-appointed head of the Oficina Nacional de Dialogo y Sostenibilidad (ONDS), to visit the communities affected by the oil spills in the Amazon. Luque says he will do so in due course, specifically the town of Saramurillo, one of the communities most affected, in the hope that the communities accept his visit as a sign of the government’s good faith.

  • El Frontón: justice awaits

    10 October 2016

    Thirty years after the extra-judicial killing of 133 prisoners at the island detention centre of El Frontón, six officers and 29 ordinary sailors face trial. While judicial procedures have been attempted before, they have always been halted before sentencing took place.

  • 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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