NEWS

  • Extractives: new report

    25 May 2015

    The Inter-American Dialogue, the Washington-based think tank and lobby organisation, has just published a report on the incidence of community-led protest across the Americas, with special attention to the Pacific Alliance countries: Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.

  • Forced sterilisation case reopened

    16 May 2015

    In yet another U-turn, the Peruvian judiciary has reopened the case on the forced sterilisation of women during the Fujimori government. On the recommendation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), it was announced on 10 May that the case would be re-opened. Two former health ministers and eight other health officials stand accused.

  • Defensoria reports 208 social conflicts

    16 May 2015

    Figures from the Defensoría (Ombudsman’s office) state that there were 208 conflicts (live or latent) in April along the length and breadth of the country. 67% of these were classified as protests against extractive projects by communities fearing their social or environmental impacts.

  • Judges accuse Fiscal de la Nacion

    16 May 2015

    On 13 May, the Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM), the body responsible for making judicial appointments, resolved by five votes to one to dismiss the Fiscal de la Nación, Carlos Ramos Heredia. It is the first time that a Fiscal de la Nación, who heads up the country’s public prosecution service, has been removed in this way.

  • Castaneda rocks opinion

    02 May 2015

    The new mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, has faced a challenging time in his first four months at the helm. In this short period he has managed to antagonise a large part of the city’s population, and his approval ratings have dwindled from a remarkable 70% support to around 50%, and they are still declining

  • Poverty down, slightly

    27 April 2015

    The proportion of Peruvians living in poverty fell in 2014, but at a much slower rate than in recent years.

  • Tia Maria protest

    27 April 2015

    One protestor, Victoriano Huayta Mina, was killed in clashes with the police in the conflictive region of Islay, Arequipa, on April 22. The protest was part of the campaign by locals in the communities of the Tambo valley to stop the Tía María open cast mine being constructed by Southern Peru Copper.

  • Government rules out Prior Consultation for Tia Maria project

    19 April 2015

    The Vice-Minister for Intercultural Affairs, Patricia Balbuena, has ruled out prior consultation with people living in the Tambo Valley concerning the Tía María project.

  • The battle over Tia Maria

    18 April 2015

    The struggle for and against Tía María, the giant copper mining project in Arequipa region, reached a new level of bellicosity last week, with the government struggling to find a way to reach some sort of negotiated compromise.

  • Sluggish economy

    18 April 2015

    There are few signs of the promised pick-up in growth. Figures for February show the rhythm of growth was 0.9%, lower than January’s 1.7%, and that the growth rate for the first two months of 2015 was only 1.3%.

  • 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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