NEWS

  • Huaycos also interrupt mineral shipments

    25 March 2017

    Among many effects of the flooding disaster is that on the transport of minerals from Peru’s central region to the coast. This region accounts for at least one-fifth of Peru’s metal production and one kilometre of the rail link that the mining companies rely upon has been destroyed by landslides and flooding along the Rímac river.

  • The Catolica at 100

    25 March 2017

    The Catholic University (PUCP) celebrated its centenary on 24 March with a celebration involving hundreds of staff, graduates and others. The celebrations involved a keynote address by Gustavo Gutierrez, the Dominican priest who gave birth to liberation theology in the 1970s. The celebration also involved words from President Pedo Pablo Kuczynski.

  • PPK's popularity continues its downward course

    19 March 2017

    The latest opinion poll by Ipsos (published in El Comercio on 19 March) shows the relentless monthly fall in confidence in Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his administration.

  • Strike at Cerro Verde continues

    19 March 2017

    1,300 workers at Cerro Verde, Peru's biggest copper producer, went on strike on 10 March for five days for improved benefits and a larger share of profits. At first the impact on production was serious.

  • Conga 16 reprieved

    19 March 2017

    On 16 March, the court considering the case of 16 ronderos and environmental activists accused of supposed kidnapping (secustro agavado), ruled that there was no case to answer.

  • Ombudsman 'concerned' over new vice-ministry

    11 March 2017

    On 9 March, the Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo), Walter Gutiérrez, expressed concern about the government’s creation of a new vice-ministry, within the Prime Minister’s office, to deal with territorial governance. Gutiérrez is concerned that the vice-ministry will further marginalise the salience of the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) which takes responsibility for trying to settle social conflicts.

  • NGOs condemn criminalisation of protest in Cajamarca

    11 March 2017

    A strongly-worded open letter, signed by seven Peruvian and three international NGOs, hit the press on 6 March, the day of the re-opening of the interminable trial of the 16 human rights defenders (HRDs) involved in the Conga protest dating from 2012. The letter condemns the whole process of denunciations and penal measures as an invasion of human rights and the criminalisation of legitimate social protest.

  • New Internationalist appeal

    11 March 2017

    New International is confronting financial pressures, and to overcome these it has just announced a bold new scheme by which readers can become co-owners.

  • Conservatives fight 'gender agenda'

    05 March 2017

    Thousands of people marched through Lima and other cities on 4 March in protest at the government’s attempts to create gender equality as part of the national school curriculum. They were supported by conservative church groups, both Catholic and evangelical, as well as opposition parliamentarians from the pro-Fujimori Fuerza Popular party.

  • US puts Peru on money laundering black list

    05 March 2017

    For the first tim, Peru has appeared in the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report blacklist of 85 jurisdictions where money laundering of illicit activities takes place. The latest report by Peru’s Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) suggests that money laundering to the tune of $3 billion took place in Peru between 2007 and 2016.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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