• 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%.

  • Assessing China's role in extractives in Peru

    18 April 2015

    Chinese demand and Chinese investment have been the driving forces of Peru's expansion in the first decade of the new century, and the impetus has been focused on mining and petroleum. Chinese firms hold some 30% of Peru's mining portfolio, and Peru is the chief location for Chinese investment in the mineral sector in Latin America.

  • Castaneda's first 100 days

    14 April 2015

    The return of former Mayor of Lima Luis Castañeda Lossio in January has not been as easy as he had expected.

  • Humala loses his sixth prime minister to a vote in Congress

    07 April 2015

    On Monday 30 March Congress voted by 72 to 42 votes to remove the Prime Minister, Ana Jara, for her perceived responsibility for the DINI, the National Intelligence Agency, where crisis has been reigning since early in the year. The row was fed by further disclosures of DINI spying activities tracking many politicians and others, and reached its climax in the Congress vote, which led automatically to the immediate suspension of the government.

  • Fears for land rights and environmental controls with the proposed environmental law

    07 April 2015

    Protests by indigenous communities over mining and oil continue to mount. The most recent storm of protest has been over the pending approval of Law 3941, the law that proposes to further soften environmental regulation as part of the fourth paquetazo announced in November last year.

  • Ombudsman calls for rights protection for foreigners living in Peru

    07 April 2015

    In March, the Peruvian human rights ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) released its latest report, ‘Treatment of Foreign Persons in Peru’ amid growing media reports of arbitrary discrimination against them by officials of the National Migration Superintendent’s Office (SNM). Legal proceedings against the SNM by individuals allege serious human rights violations, xenophobia and other discriminatory practices.

  • 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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