NEWS

  • Responsibility for land use regulation shifted to Council of Ministers

    21 May 2017

    Ordenamiento territorial, or land use regulation, has moved to the centre-stage of land policy, with infrastructure and mining projects threatening existing land rights and livelihoods. The lack of a clearly-defined demarcation of land use is a permanent source of conflict, while investors seek guarantees as to secure access to the concessions they are granted.

  • Unions resist labour market liberalisation moves

    21 May 2017

    The National Federation of Miners, Metallurgy and Steelworkers, meeting in Lima last week, voted in favour of a national strike next month in opposition to the government’s proposals to further liberalise the labour market.

  • Indigenous communities reject Decree 1333 U-turn

    13 May 2017

    On 8 May, indigenous organizations forming the Pacto de Unidad, a coalition of six indigenous organisations with a national reach, voiced concern at attempts by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to block an initiative in Congress that would have repealed Legislative Decree No. 1333.

  • Alan Garcia: Odebrecht's candidate for 2016?

    13 May 2017

    According to João Santana, Odebrecht sought to hire him as an advisor for Alan García’s 2016 presidential election.

  • Garcia named in Brazil testimony

    07 May 2017

    The figure of former president Alan García has taken something of a back-seat in the scandals surrounding bribery by Brazilian construction firms in the last three months. The media has focused primarily on former presidents Alejandro Toledo and Ollanta Humala. The former is now the subject of two extradition requests submitted by the Peruvian authorities to the United States; the latter is the centre of swirling rumours about the role played by Odebrecht in helping fund his 2011 election campaign to the tune of US$3 million.

  • Supreme Court rules in Chaupes' favour

    07 May 2017

    The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Maxima Chaupe in the long-running case between her family and Yanacocha Mining.

  • Invitation to book launch

    07 May 2017

    On 19 May, John Crabtree and Francisco Durand will be launching their co-authored book ‘Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture’.

  • Canadian firm pulls out of Block 135

    28 April 2017

    Writing in the Guardian blog, David Hill reports that Pacific Exploration and Production has pulled out of Block 135 in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Oxfam report on inequality

    28 April 2017

    Oxfam last week published a report on inequality in Peru in which it criticised the tax system for focusing on indirect taxes and not raising the tax contributions paid by large corporations.

  • Kichwas from the Alto Tigre demand better education services

    28 April 2017

    Kichwa peoples from communities in the Upper Tigre valley in Loreto are demanding that the government provide better educational provision for their children. In a meeting on 16 April, representatives protested against the announcement that classes would be suspended.

  • 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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