NEWS

  • Indigenous organisations demand inclusion of their proposals in climate change regulations

    14 July 2019

    The national federation representing Amazonian indigenous peoples and the organization representing Amazonian and Andean indigenous women have presented a demand to the environment ministry, that they be included in the regulations governing the implementation of the climate change law. They also want the regulations to be consistent with international agreements protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Indigenous peoples in Ucayali and San Martin suffer new waves of land-grabbing

    14 July 2019

    Faced with a surge of settlers along penetration roads into Amazonia, regional governments are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to free up land for the newcomers as well as to accommodate the expanding commercial plantations that the migrants aspire to work for.

  • Seminario doubts growth forecast

    06 July 2019

    Bruno Seminario from the Universidad del Pacifico is perhaps Peru’s deepest thinker about growth patterns, having pioneered the study of growth over the duration of the republic. According to him, the government’s revised growth forecast for 2019 is still overly optimistic.

  • Fujimori hearing postponed

    06 July 2019

    5 July was the day that the Supreme Court was to adjudicate on whether Keiko Fujimori should be released from jail or not. Just before the session was due to begin, one of the judges, Jorge Castañeda, was obliged to retire from judging.

  • Amazon oil spill reactivates long-standing conflicts between indigenous communities, the state and Petroperu

    06 July 2019

    On 19 June, OEFA, the state environmental monitoring and supervision agency, announced yet another oil spill from the northern branch of the pipeline running from the Peruvian Amazon to the Pacific coast. It announced that its supervisors had entered the area to identify the possible cause and evaluate environmental impacts.

  • Vizcarra and Morales agree on importing Bolivian gas

    29 June 2019

    The Vizcarra and Morales administrations agreed outline terms for the import into Peru of Bolivian gas. The main argument proffered by the Peruvian side was that it would reduce energy prices substantially for consumers. For Bolivia, entry into the Peruvian energy market would provide an important new source of demand for Bolivian gas.

  • Peru and Chile restrict migrant immigration

    29 June 2019

    Peru has imposed further restrictions on immigration. The new restrictions require Venezuelans to have a visa and passport to enter. Venezuelans rushed to cross the border before the new restrictions came into effect on 15 June.

  • Agrarian reform: 50 years on

    29 June 2019

    On 24 June, then renamed ‘Dia del campesinado’, President Juan Velasco decreed the agrarian reform in Peru. 50 years on, the reform, which was one of the most radical exercises in property redistribution ever attempted in Latin America, remains a hot topic.

  • Economy in slowdown

    23 June 2019

    We argued that the official growth figure for 2019 was far removed from reality. Last week, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar was obliged to admit that the Ministry of Economy and Finance had been persuaded to reduce its growth forecast from 4.2% to 3.7%.

  • 2019 mining investments underwhelming

    23 June 2019

    According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, this year’s programme of mining investments is stalling because of the suspension of a number of key projects, of which by far the most important is Tía María in Arequipa.

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