News & Analysis

Keiko walks free…

Keiko Fujimori walked free from the women’s prison in Chorillos on 29 November following the decision (by four votes to three) of the Constitutional Tribunal that she presented no risk through perverting the course of justice, despite the charges against her. Keiko...

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And in Peru’s potato park…

A potato park has been established in the Sacred Valley of the Incas on an area of 39 square miles on a terrain varying between 3,400 to 4,900 metres above sea level. The idea is to see what types of potato grow best at different altitudes at a time when climate...

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Datum forecast

The latest Datum poll, published on 27 September, puts the following three candidates for mayor of Lima ahead of the field: Renzo Reggiardo (Perú Patria Segura) 14.3% (down from 19% in its previous poll) Daniel Urresti (Podemos Perú) 14.3% (up from 9%) Ricardo Belmont...

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AIDESEP accused of misusing funds

The Rainforest Foundation of Norway (RFN) has informed AIDESEP, the Association of Indigenous Organisations of the Peruvian Rainforest, of its decision to cease funding following an audit report that identified systematic misuse of funds destined for projects from...

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Economic update: growth in the third quarter

The Peruvian economy perked up in the third quarter of the year, with a growth rate of 3%, faster than in the first and second quarters. Growth for the year as a whole is likely to be lower than 3%, possibly around 2.5%. In 2018, the economy grew by 4%. The mining...

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Alan García’s ‘metamemorias’

This weekend sees the publication of Alan García’s memoirs, entitled – significantly for a man who saw himself towering above lesser mortals – as ‘metamemorias’. As is to be expected, it is a rebuttal of many of the accusations that have been launched against him over...

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Peru, the state and human rights: the PSG annual conference

The PSG annual conference took place in London on 16 November. The day gave a picture of a difficult and often abusive reality, but with glimpses of optimism. John Crabtree and Natalia Sobrevilla opened with comments on the political scene, one familiar to our regular...

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Consulta previa: encouraging signs

Eight Awajún communities have taken part in prior consultation over the building of a 57 km road to link two small towns, Urakusa, Huampami and a number of Awajún communities in the municipality of Condorcanqui, Amazonas region. The plan for prior consultation was...

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