• Zavala next PM?

    10 July 2016

    As the PSG Newsletter went to press, it seemed certain that president-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski would appoint Fernando Zavala as president of the Council of Ministers. A full list of new ministers was likely to be published over the next few days. Some, indeed, have already been announced, such as Alfredo Thorne, the new minister of economy and finance.

  • PPK visit to La Oroya

    10 July 2016

    President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s visit to the smelter complex at La Oroya on 6 July was seen by many observers in Lima that the new government would try to resolve some of the outstanding issues left by his predecessors. For years, the future of La Oroya has been in doubt, ever since it was acquired by the US Doe Run in the 1990s. Doe Run systematically failed to honour commitments to upgrade the complex, reckoned to be one of the world’s most polluted sites.

  • Promulgation of Disappeared Law

    03 July 2016

    On 22 June, the executive enacted the Disappearances Law (Ley de Búsqueda de Personas Desaparecidas de 1980 al 2000), approved by Congress on 26 May. The Law recognises the rights of the families of those who ‘disappeared’ during the internal armed conflict.

  • New oil spill puts Petroperu in the dock

    03 July 2016

    The resignation of Germán Velásquez as president of Petroperú on 28 June took place as the authorities sought to clarify how yet another oil spill took place from the Northern Peru Pipeline at the end of the previous week.

  • Melka selling off illegally-cleared forest land

    03 July 2016

    On 23 June, a public notice in the Jakarta Post in Indonesia set out plans by the Melka group to sell off the lands it controls in Ucayali region by public auction. These properties have been the centre of widespread complaints about indiscriminate deforestation by Melka-related companies to clear the land for palm oil cultivation.

  • Post-election realignments

    19 June 2016

    No sooner than Pedro Pablo Kcuzynski had been confirmed as the winner of the 5 June second round, post-electoral realignments began to become clearer.

  • Elections: the geography of voting

    19 June 2016

    With the final tally from the second round now officially complete, it becomes possible to analyse the results in a little more detail. Apart from the north-south split Kuczynski’s support appears much more solid in urban and higher-income areas while Fujimori’s is more rural and poverty-based.

  • Petroperu admits to jungle spill

    19 June 2016

    On 9 June, Petroperú for the first time admitted responsibility for the oil spills that have affected communities in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so in a public hearing as part of the 158th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission (IACHR), held in Chile.

  • PPK the winner - just

    12 June 2016

    The ONPE (Organización Nacional de Procesos Electorales) finally declared, on the evening of 10 June, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski the winner of the second round presidential election.

  • Moves to enter into dialogue with FP

    12 June 2016

    With the final results announced, Kuczynski has moved rapidly to ratify those who will be in charge of his government’s economic policies.

  • 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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