NEWS

  • Las Malvinas fire: a case of modern-day slavery

    01 July 2017

    The devastating fire at Las Malvinas in Lima on 22 June showcased the terrible labour practises that led to the death of three young men. It brought to light the general lack of attention paid to working conditions by both national and municipal authorities.

  • Community leaders still facing criminal charges for 2011 Santa Ana protest

    01 July 2017

    The Human Rights NGO DHUMA, based in Puno, is drawing attention this week to the six years since the cancellation of Bear Creek’s concession to develop the Santa Ana open-pit silver mine in Chucuito province, Puno. The cancellation was a response to widespread community protests.

  • UK visit by Esperanza Huayama

    01 July 2017

    On 19 June, Esperanza Huayama arrived in London. She is a human rights defender and president of the association of forcibly sterilised women in the province of Huancabamba (Piura). She is also vice-president of the national association. Documentary maker Ines Ruiz accompanied her. On 21 June, they presented a documentary on forced sterilisation, as well as the Quipu project.

  • Health row concerning Cerro de Pasco

    25 June 2017

    Parents of sick children have been camping out in front of the health ministry in Lima, demanding proper attention to the health problems caused by mining activity at Cerro de Pasco in the central highlands.

  • Document suggests Keiko was offered Odebrecht cash

    25 June 2017

    A document published by IDL Reporteros, a news analysis service linked to the Instuto de Defensa Legal (IDL), seems to confirm the fact that Ollanta Humala was not alone in being offered money to fund his presidential election campaign in 2011.

  • Government approves plan to combat human trafficking

    19 June 2017

    With the publication of the supreme decree 017-2017-IN, the executive has put in place a national plan to deal with human trafficking (2017-2021). It includes initiatives to be taken forward in coordination with a number of ministries (interior, health, women, justice, education, labour, energy and mines, commerce and tourism).

  • Milk freshener

    19 June 2017

    Ojo Público, has produced research into the history of Leche Gloria and its dealings with Indecopi, the public interest watchdog.

  • Wednesday 21 June: Event on Forced Sterilisation

    19 June 2017

    On the evening of Wednesday, 21 June, Esperanza Guayama, president of the Association of Forcefully Sterilised Women from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, will be attending an event jointly organised by the Peru Support Group, Amnesty International and the University of Kent. This will take place at Amnesty International House in London, at 6.00pm.

  • Alarcon versus Thorne

    11 June 2017

    Comptroller General Edgar Alarcón and Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne clashed publicly last week, after a phone conversation they had held was made public. In the phone conversation, they had discussed the issue of the Chinchero Airport contract. Alarcón accused Thorne of making the audio public and that he should resign.

  • Milk storm

    11 June 2017

    It took an official complaint from the Panamanian health authorities to alert the authorities in Peru that the evaporated milk exported to Panama was, in fact, not milk. Once again, the Peruvian regulatory authorities are being questioned for not standing up for the consumer and conniving with the producer, in this case Leche Gloria.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • 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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