NEWS

  • Study reveals serious mercury contamination in Huancavelica

    05 July 2015

    A study reveals the scale of mercury contamination in the city of Huancavelica. From colonial times, Huancavelica was the centre for producing the mercury used to refine silver from Potosí.

  • Human Rights Court rules on Chavin de Huantar

    05 July 2015

    On 29 June, the Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that the Peruvian state bore responsibility for the extra-judicial execution of a member of the MRTA who had previously surrendered after the storming of the Japanese Embassy in Lima in 1997.

  • UN survey indicates fall in coca production

    05 July 2015

    The annual World Drug Report, published by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime at the end of June points to a 18% fall in coca cultivation in Peru in 2013. The data show that manual coca eradication was stepped up in 2013 in Peru. However, success in eradication had the effect of pushing up prices for dried coca leaf by around 30% in 2013. This increases the appetite of farmers to plant coca leaf for future production.

  • Martha Chavez decries IACHR

    28 June 2015

    Martha Chávez, congresswoman for Fuerza Popular (FP) and one of the most resolute and outspoken defenders of Alberto Fujimori and his regime, has attacked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its new commissioner Francisco Eguiguren, the former Peruvian minister of justice.

  • Bishops suggest new rules on extractives to IACHR

    28 June 2015

    Three bishops representing the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) have met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with proposals of how to protect vulnerable populations from the activities of extractive industries

  • Institutionalised corruption in the region?

    28 June 2015

    The ongoing Odebrecht scandal in Brazil threatens to drag through the mud more than one Peruvian government and many in the business elite.

  • Nadine in the firing line

    24 June 2015

    On 19 June, the congressional commission investigating the activities of Martín Belaunde Lossio decided to include the first lady, Nadine Heredia, among those whose banking details it proposed to delve into.

  • Glacial melt takes its toll

    24 June 2015

    Peru has lost 43% of its glacier cover over the last four decades, according to figures just released by the National Water Authority (ANA).

  • Constitutional strains

    24 June 2015

    Despite the agreement on legislative faculties, relations between the executive and Congress remain strained

  • APCI refuses a repeal of measure against NGOs

    24 June 2015

    Following on from the attempt by APCI to beef up its supervision powers with respect to NGOs in Peru, a meeting was held on 16 June in which representatives from the Asociación Nacional de Centros and the Coordinadora de Entidades Extranjeras de Cooperación Internacional (COECCI) requested that APCI repeal this new directive.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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