News & Analysis

Aduviri claims to be victim of political vendetta

On 14 August, Puno Governor Walter Aduviri, well known for his participation in the protests against the Santa Ana mine in southern Puno in 2011, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay 2 million soles in civil reparations to the Peruvian state, having...

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Battle lines drawn, again

You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been here before. As the new legislature begins, the fujimoristas have arranged their guns in such a way as to pound President Martín Vizcarra’s plans to bring forward the date of presidential and legislative elections to next...

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Loreto v Melka

Loreto’s environmental prosecutor has opened a case against palm oil magnate Dennis Melka. Citing last week’s convictions for deforestation by executives of a Melka subsidiary as a test case with repercussions at national level, Alberto Carazo Atoche has announced his...

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Jaime Ayala, 35 years on

The disappearance of Jaime Ayala has become a cause celebre in the saga over bringing to justice those responsible for the atrocities that took place in Huanta, Ayacucho, during the counter-insurgency war against Sendero Luminoso. It is now 35 years since the reporter...

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Marcona in trouble again, over contamination

The Union of Mining Workers at Shougang Hierro Perú have complained to the labour ministry over the health threat to workers at the San Nicolás plant from a spill of toxic material from the condensers on 31 July. OEFA (the Organización de Evaluación y Fiscalización...

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Tía María update

Last week the president talked enthusiastically of how much would be achieved in a week of harmony and effort at dialogue for Tía María. Now reality is hitting. The recurso, the petition made by Arequipa regional president Elmer Cáceres demanding the cancellation of...

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Complications arise over bringing forward elections

On 31 July, the executive formally delivered a bill (PL 4637) to the new president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, presenting its proposal, announced in President Martin Vizcarra’s speech to Congress on 28 July, to call a referendum to bring forward elections to next...

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