• Tia Maria protesters put on trial

    12 June 2016

    On 9 June, Manuel Rios Huamaní, aged 22, and Junior Maquera Cahuana, aged 26, appeared in court in Arequipa, accused of causing disturbances, violence, resisting the authorities and causing damage to public property.

  • PPK ahead by a whisker

    06 June 2016

    The morning after, with 90% of the votes counted, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) had 50.5% of the vote and Keiko Fujimori 49.5%.

  • Las Bambas: deficient dialogue, on-going tension and threatened strike

    06 June 2016

    It was major news when the 'mesa de diálogo' (or ‘forum for dialogue’) was able to resume in March to work on the tensions in Apurímac around the huge Las Bambas mine. But the unsatisfactory process since then is only too well documented in a new report from the NGO Cooperacción.

  • IACHR funding crisis may thwart human rights enforcement

    30 May 2016

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced on 23 May that it faces a severe financial crisis, and has no alternative but to suspend all visits planned for the year as well as the period of sessions planned for July and October. Further, it has announced that it will be cutting its staff by 40% on 31 July if the necessary funds are not found by then.

  • Amnesty demands human rights guarantees in Peru

    30 May 2016

    In a statement last week, Amnesty International called on the two remaining presidential candidates in the Peruvian elections, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori, to offer guarantees to respect human rights if elected on 5 June.

  • State of emergency in Madre de Dios over mercury contamination

    30 May 2016

    Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal announced on Monday 23 May a 60-day ‘state of emergency’ in eleven provinces of Madre de Dios, claiming that as many as 50,000 (over 40% of the region’s population) have been exposed to mercury contamination. He announced plans to send hospital ships and “healthy” fish (from fish farms) to the area to help feed people.

  • Gold mining continues to threaten livelihoods and the environment

    22 May 2016

    Satellite mapping by the Monitoring the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has been charting the environmental damage done by illegal and informal mining and deforestation. New maps show how mining is invading the Tambopata National Reserve.

  • Mining output boosts Q1 GDP growth

    22 May 2016

    Peru’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4.4% in the first quarter of this year, somewhat higher than the 3.3% achieved for the whole of last year.

  • Mercedes Araoz offers olive branches

    22 May 2016

    Mercedes Araóz, vice-presidential candidate for PPK and former minister during Alan García’s last government, has atoned for her role over the 2009 killings at Bagua.

  • Protest over Block 192 and support from the UN

    22 May 2016

    Oil exploitation in Block 192 in Peru's northern Amazon has become notorious for the pollution that has occurred over more than 40 years. Last week, indigenous leaders from the area came to Congress in Lima to present a petition with 8,000 signatures from 74 countries.

  • 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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