NEWS

  • Peru Moves Towards Legalising Abortion

    Update 136. 30 November 2009

    A Peruvian Congressional Commission has issued a proposal to allow abortion in certain circumstances, including when a woman or girl becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

  • Government Cuts Reparations Budget

    Update 136. 30 November 2009

    The Peruvian government has cut this year's budget for the Reparations Council (Consejo de Reparaciones), a national body set up as part of an Integral Reparations Plan (Plan Integral de Reparaciones - PIR), as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC): 6th Anniversary

    Update 135. 30 September 2009

    In Ayacucho, the area worst affected by Peru's 20-year internal armed conflict (1980-2000), human rights groups, local authorities and relatives of some of the victims of the violence have carried out a memorial to commemorate the six-year anniversary of the final report and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

  • Services Lacking 2 Years after Earthquake

    Update 135. 30 September 2009

    The mayor of Chincha has expressed his anger at the Peruvian central government, saying that "reconstruction has been very, very slow". Efforts to rebuild the city have so far only seen the construction of 150 new homes because of a deficit in state funding.

  • Series of Trials Against Fujimori Complete

    Update 135. 30 September 2009

    In a fourth and final trial, a court in Lima has sentenced former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori to six years in prison on corruption charges. Fujimori pleaded guilty to charges of wire tapping opponents and paying bribes to lawmakers and media moguls during his terms of office between 1990 and 2000.

  • Fujimori Convicted of Corruption

    Update 134. 31 July 2009

    On July 20th, former president Alberto Fujimori was convicted by Peru's Supreme Court of channelling US$15 million (approximately £9.3million) of state funds to his former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos. Fujimori was given a seven-and-a-half year jail sentence.

  • EU Trade Negotiations End Fifth Round

    Update 134. 31 July 2009

    At the end of July, the fifth round of negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Peru and Colombia was held in Lima.

  • Soldiers Die in Shining Path Ambush

    Update 133. 31 May 2009

    Members of the Shining Path killed 14 soldiers in two ambushes in Peru's Ayacucho province.

  • Rio Blanco: Torture: Investigation Incomplete

    Update 132. 31 March 2009

    Public prosecutors investigating the alleged torture of protestors at the Rio Blanco mining project in 2005 have found the police responsible.

  • Environmentalists Cleared of Terrorism

    Update 132. 31 March 2009

    Terrorist allegations against 35 environmental and human rights activists and local politicians from Piura (northern Peru) have been shelved again.

  • 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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