News & Analysis

Ombudsman reports on social conflict

In its most recent monthly social conflict report, the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) registered a total of 210 social conflicts for the month of December 2014. According to its metric, this included 160 (76%) active conflicts, with a further...

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Labour protest march ends in violence

The fourth march through the streets of Lima on January 15 to protest against the Humala government’s legislation to liberalise employment laws ended in violence. The marchers found themselves victims of a police tear-gas offensive. There were many arrests. A...

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Urresti and La Cautiva

La Cautiva is a play about people involved in the counter-insurgency war against Sendero Luminoso. Having run for several months to critical acclaim, it has been denounced by Interior Minister Daniel Urresti as an ‘apology for terrorism’. Those involved in the...

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Fujimori condemned for embezzlement of public funds

On January 8, former president Alberto Fujimori was convicted to eight years in prison for embezzlement of public funds (peculado doloso) by channelling money to the gutter press with a view to denouncing his adversaries in the 2000 elections. This sentence will run...

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Camisea Gas Arrives in Lima

Twenty years ago natural gas was discovered deep in the Amazon jungle. In August, President Alejandro Toledo inaugurated the US$1.6bn project to pipe it across the Andes and up the Pacific coast to Lima. The reserves are expected to bring in US$8 bn over the next 40...

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Social Forum of the Americas (FSA)

The FSA took place in Quito, Ecuador. Organisers estimate that 10,000 people from the region, as well as special guests from other continents, attended. Campaigners from more than 45 nations took part. The FSA is part of the World Social Forum that began in 2001 in...

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Ilave and Its Significance

Normally, Ilave is a fairly tranquil town, close to the shores of Lake Titicaca and to the frontier with Bolivia. This tranquility was shattered when the mayor of Ilave, Cirilo Robles, was lynched at the end of April by angry townspeople. Robles had been accused of...

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Ayacucho Strike Turns into a Riot

On July 1, the city of Ayacucho saw serious rioting as a teachers' strike ended in violence. A week earlier, the local teachers' union, which belongs to the national teachers union, SUTEP, declared itself on strike, occupying a number of educational buildings in the...

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