News & Analysis

Political reforms presented to Congress

On 10 April, the executive branch submitted a series of reforms to Congress for its approval. The reforms corresponded roughly to the recommendations made by the commission led by Fernando Tuesta, submitted to the government three weeks earlier. The main change was...

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Progress achieved at Las Bambas

Efforts by the Catholic Church to bring the different sides together (which was about to happen as we went to press last week) led to ten hours of negotiations in Lima. Gregorio Rojas, leader of the Fuerabambas community, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and leading...

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Kuczynski under arrest

Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-18) was taken into custody on 10 April. This was a preliminary move, for ten days, in order to continue the investigation on possible wrong-doing linked to the mega-case of bribes given by the troubled Brazilian...

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Julio Cotler dies at 86

It was with deep regret that we learnt last week of the death of Julio Cotler. Cotler, an anthropologist by training but a political sociologist in practice, has long been one of Peru’s outstanding intellectuals and an acerbic critic of successive governments that...

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British missionary found dead in Iquitos

By Martin Scurrah from Lima Sallesian bother Paul McAuley was found dead last week in the centre he founded in Iquitos for poor indigenous youths who had left their communities to pursue high school or university studies in the city. His burnt body was found on the...

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Parliamentarians in trouble

Several investigations gather pace in Congress, as the immunity from judicial prosecution is on the verge of being rescinded in the case of several members. The most notorious is Héctor Becerril from the Fujimorista party Fuerza Popular (FP) whose links to organised...

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Deal announced over Las Bambas

On 7 April, as we went to press, it was announced that an agreement had been struck between the leaders of the community of Fuerabambas, the Chinese company that owns La Bambas, and government negotiators headed by Prime Minister Salvador del Solar. The meeting was...

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A week of conflict in Las Bambas

The past week the conflict over mining operations at Las Bambas copper mine reached new heights. Tensions mounted over the detention on 21 March of the president of the community of Fuerabamba, Gregorio Rojas Panuira, and of community leader Carlos Fernando Vargas...

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