Social Conflicts Increase in April

11 June 2010

Defensoria del Pueblo

According to the regular monthly report compiled by the Office of Peru’s Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo), 260 social conflicts were registered in April, 14 of which are new conflicts and 132 (50% of the total) are associated with socio-environmental issues.

Cuzco, in southern Peru, registered the most conflicts with 21, followed by the region of Puno and the capital city Lima with 20 each. Social conflicts within the country have shot up from 84 in July 2006 – the month president Alan García took office – to its peak of 288 in September 2009.

In comments to the Peruvian press agency, ANDINA, Ronald Ibarra the head of the Prime Minister’s office for Conflict Management remarked that the increase in or re-activation of social conflicts in the country could be related to the municipal and regional elections scheduled to be held in October.

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