• Further violence feared as deadline passes for registration of miners

    29 April 2014

    Informal and illegal gold miners account for some 20% of Peruvian gold exports. The legislation to formalize the sector was passed in 2012 but only recently implemented, with a deadline for registration of April 19. Violent protests erupted.

  • Mining company dismisses workers who formed a union

    24 March 2014

    Glencore Xstrata continues in the spotlight over labour conflict. At its Antapaccay copper mine (which replaces Tintaya), five workers have achieved a significant advance in their fight to regain their jobs. 

  • Ministerial crisis grips Peru

    24 March 2014

    On February 24, Prime Minister César Villanueva, resigned. The move was triggered by First Lady Nadine Heredia’s denial that there would be any debate over the minimum wage. Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla agreed with Heredia, and Villanueva left saying he could not remain in post if there were ‘parallel powers’.

  • The death penalty returns to the political agenda

    24 March 2014

    Former president Alan García has once again called for the introduction of the death penalty in Peru for homicides connected to organised crime. This follows the highly publicised murder of the son of Carlos Burgos Horna, the mayor of San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima.


  • Protesters against Tia Maria mine sentenced to prison

    28 February 2014

    Six local leaders face four-years' detention for opposition to the copper project, which was suspended in 2011 over UN environmental concerns.

  • Prime Minister quits after losing fight to raise minimum wage

    25 February 2014

    Finance Minister and First Lady's blocking of move comes after a hike in ministerial pay, leading to questions about commitment to tackling inequality. 

  • Miners call another strike for new formalisation process

    24 February 2014

    Efforts to halt water pollution and deforestation by the informal mining sector face delays and grassroots opposition.

  • Local opposition to Majes Siguas dam mounts

    24 February 2014

    Urban residents and farmers from Espinar, Cusco, say their efforts to convince authorities to pursue alternatives are not succeeding, and fear their water supplies will be adversely affected.

  • Forced sterilisation case against Fujimori closed

    30 January 2014

    Women's rights groups vow to fight a decision not to bring charges against former leaders 'responsible' for operating on thousands of women without consent.

  • Security reform condemned as 'license to kill'

    27 January 2014

    International bodies and human rights advocates have united in condemnation of a law that they say will allow police officers to kill with impunity.

  • 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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