News & Analysis

Violence at Las Bambas, again

In spite of the round-table meeting (mesa de diálogo) between communities, local officials, MMG and ministerial delegations earlier this month, violence has once again broken out at Las Bambas. On 14 October, one person was reported killed and many injured in a battle...

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The Chaupes, again

No sooner than Newmont Mining put out a statement commenting on the so-called ‘independent’ study on the property in dispute between the Chaupe family and Yanacocha, new reports emerged about harassment of the Chaupes. In its pronouncement on 28 September, Newmont,...

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Abuse of influence uncovered

Last week saw the first scandal come to light within the new administration. On 7 October, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala offered a press conference to confirm that the case against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s former health adviser, Carlos Moreno Chacón, had...

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Education minister under siege

Over the past couple of weeks Education Minister Jaime Saavedra has seen his popularity fall because of a concerted effort by Apristas and Fujimoristas to bring him down. On the face of it, this has to do with his shortcomings in preparing for the 2019 Pan-American...

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Progress on Las Bambas

Some progress to report on Las Bambas. Last week, an agreement was reached to pave 83 kms of road running through community lands in the region of the Las Bambas mine in Apurímac....

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El Frontón: justice awaits

Thirty years after the extra-judicial killing of 133 prisoners at the island detention centre of El Frontón, six officers and 29 ordinary sailors face trial. While judicial procedures have been attempted before, they have always been halted before sentencing took...

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Congress approves delegation, but for 90 days only

On 29 September, following nine hours of parliamentary debate, Congress approved by substantial majorities the proposals put to it by the Kuczynski administration giving the latter the power to legislate on a number of areas. But rather than the 120 days originally...

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A note of self-criticism from Devida

The head of Devida, the organization dedicated to reducing coca cultivation in Peru, has come up with what has long seemed obvious to the outside world: policies of coca eradication will not work unless they are accompanied by active policies to encourage agricultural...

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Yanacocha report inconclusive

A new and independent study on the vexed issue of land disputed between Yanacocha and the Chaupe family, commissioned by Newmont Mining, finds the evidence inconclusive. Newmont is the main shareholder in Minera Yanacocha, the firm at the centre of the long-running...

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