News & Analysis

States of emergency criticised in southern Peru

On 14 May, the president of the Regional Council of Apurímac, Evelin Cavero Contreras, submitted a legal popular demand (demanda de acción popular) against the renewal of the state of emergency along the mining corridor in the provinces of Cuzco, Arequipa and...

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Another oil spill threatens jungle communities

The latest spill from the ageing and poorly maintained Northern Peru Pipeline is in the district of Andoas. The apu of the community Porvenir describes how he was awakened at 6am on 25 May by the smell of oil and immediately dispatched monitors to investigate. The...

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Barreto’s appointment: surprising and encouraging news

To the delight of all concerned with human rights as affected by environmental issues, on 20 May Pope Francis announced that Pedro Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo, would be one of 14 new cardinals to be created on 29 June. Barreto entered the Jesuit order in 1961. He...

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Congressional waste comes under fire

Abuse of parliamentary privilege is fast going up the public agenda in Peru. This is, of course, nothing new, nor is the widespread discredit of the Congress as registered in repeated opinion polls. Since it achieved an absolute majority in July 2016, the Fujimorista...

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Boris in Lima: post-Brexit diplomacy

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson briefly visited Lima on 19 May in a bid to reaffirm economic and financial relations between the UK and Peru. In a meeting with President Martín Vizcarra, Johnson stressed the UK’s desire to increase British investment in Peru, to firm...

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Battles over memory

The past week has seen an escalation of the bitter disagreements over how to frame the memory of more than two decades of violent conflict (1980-2002). First came the episode where an assistant working for Congresswoman Maria Elena Foronda, from the leftist Frente...

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Fissures in government: PM versus MEF

Policy disagreements are emerging at the heart of government with Prime Minister César Villanueva last week publically overruling Economy Minister David Tuesta over tax policy. Tuesta had previously expressed the need to widen the tax net, but was subsequently put in...

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Social conflict on the rise

The Ombudsman's office (Defensoría del Pueblo) has produced its regular monthly report on social conflict in Peru. The April report records eight new instances of conflict and none resolved. The monthly figure rose for the fourth month in a row after a flat period in...

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Indigenous women study their rights

A small but important human rights initiative occurred on 8-9 May in Tambobamba where the first meeting of the 'Escuela de Mujeres de Cotabambas' took place. An initiative of the Centro Bartolomé de las Casas (CBC) in Cusco, and the NGO Cooperacción, this 'school'...

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Tullow deal sparks controversy

The Kuczynski administration’s award of five concessions to the Irish company Tullow Oil on the very day that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned as president has sparked controversy. The deal concerns exploration activity offshore Piura. The Vizcarra government has...

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Espinar community leaders face fresh proceedings

On 8 May the Ica High Court of Justice overturned a judgement from the previous year, and opened the way to continued proceedings against three community leaders from the southern province of Espinar, Peru. Last year, the Court had dismissed the case on grounds of...

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