News & Analysis

New extractives index

Supported by the Netherlands government, the Responsible Mining Foundation has come up with a new index which helps us compare corporate performance in this sector The index was launched earlier this month in Geneva. It assesses the policies and practices of 30 of the...

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Shipibo leader assassinated

Olivia Arévalo Lomas, a cultural leader of the Shipibo ethnic group, was gunned down in her home near Yarinacocha (Ucayali) on April 19. Her death resulted in statements of condemnation in Congress and by the Omudsman’s Office (Defensoría del Pueblo). The announcement...

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Government to outline policy priorities

Since Vizcarra lacks a party of his own and that Villanueva belongs to a small minority party, Alianza por el Progreso (APP), it is essential that the new administration negotiates with the parties in Congress, or at least their main leaders. A vote of confidence in...

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Jungle oil remediation: progress reported

Puinamudt, or Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicas Unidas en Defensa de sus Territorios, is an indigenous organisation based in the Amazon with a history of sustained work in resisting environmental damage in the area and threats to livelihoods and rights. Its most recent...

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Mining tensions

The new government in Peru has its hands full on many fronts in the mining sector. Several major projects face serious issues. In Piura, a protest has been building since March against the Chinese owners' plan to restart the development of the Rio Blanco copper...

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A cabinet from the second division

A ‘cabinet of vice-ministers’; this is the description that seems to have struck a chord with commentators in Lima, not because all members of President Martín Vizcarra’s new cabinet were previously vice-ministers (though several were) but because they seem to belong...

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