NEWS

  • Pedro Francke

    US FTA Brings Few Benefits to Peru

    Peru News 057. 17 August 2010

    Since coming into force on 1 February 2009, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between the US and Peru appears to have brought few benefits to the Andean nation, according a column by Pedro Francke, an economist at Lima's La Católica University, for Peruvian newspaper La Primera.

  • Alex Kouri

    The Countdown to Regional Elections & the Race for Lima's New Mayor

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    Regional and Municipal elections take place in Peru on 3 October when Peruvians will vote for mayors and regional presidents for the country's 25 regions and one province (Lima); and with that comes the race for the new mayor of Lima.

  • Oil pollution

    Communities Affected by Oil Spill in Peru's Amazon

    Update 140. 17 August 2010

    High levels of contamination in the Marañón River, and a subsequent lack of clean drinking water, have been reported by several indigenous communities in the Loreto region of northern eastern Peru, following an oil spill in the area on 19 June.

  • Human Rights - Individual Reparations for Victims of Terrorism

    Peru News 057. 17 August 2010

    Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Velásquez Quesquén has announced government plans to make individual reparations to victims of terrorism next year.

  • Colombia and Peru: EU External Trade

    Peru News 057. 31 July 2010

    British politician Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda, has recently asked the British government a series of questions regarding the EU-Andean Community (CAN) multi-trade agreement with Peru and Colombia.

  • PetroPeru logo

    Perupetro Guarantees Reserve for Uncontacted Tribe

    Update 138. 16 July 2010

    Survival International reports that a reserve for uncontacted tribes in the Peruvian Amazon has been made off-limits to oil and gas companies. The majority of the reserve had been previously open to exploration by Brazilian company Petrobras, in an area known as 'Lot 110'. The reserve is inhabited by some of the world's last uncontacted indigenous people, a tribe known as the Murunahua (or Chitonahua), the organisation explains.

  • The Outcomes of Bagua: The Peruvian Amazon One Year on from the Violence

    29 June 2010

    Public Event - Bagua
    On 28 June 2010, the Peru Support Group held a public meeting at the Palace of Westminster in London to reflect upon what has happened in Peru one year on from the violence seen in Bagua.

  • Peru's Congress Approves Consultation Law

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    Peruvian Congress approved in May a law which would require prior consultation with indigenous communities before starting any project that could affect their rights.

  • Defensoria del Pueblo

    Social Conflicts Increase in April

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    According to the regular monthly report compiled by the Office of Peru’s Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo), 260 social conflicts were registered in April, 14 of which are new conflicts and 132 (50% of the total) are associated with socio-environmental issues.

  • US Prisoner's 'Freedom' Generates Anger

    Peru News 055. 11 June 2010

    US citizen Lori Berenson was granted parole by a judge in Lima at the end of May after serving 15 years of a 20-year sentence for allegedly collaborating with a Marxist rebel group, the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), during Peru’s internal armed conflict during the 1990s. She continues to deny the charges.

  • 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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