• President of Constitutional Tribunal Resigns

    Update 128. 31 July 2008

    César Landa Arroyo unexpectedly resigned from his position as President of Peru's Constitutional Tribunal.

  • 'Accused' Give Statements to Public Prosecutor in Río Blanco Case

    Update 128. 31 July 2008

    Piura's Public Prosecutor has begun hearings in the case of 35 environmental and human rights activists and local politicians

  • Decree approved which violates peasant and indigenous rights

    Update 127. 31 May 2008

    The government has published a legislative decree (No. 1015) in which Alan Garcia has lowered the approval rating needed from communities for private investment on their communal lands, in both the highlands and in the Amazon, from two thirds to 50%.

  • New Ministry of the Environment created

    Update 127. 31 May 2008

    President Garcia ushered in Peru's first Ministry of the Environment on May 13th 2008

  • UN questions traditional coca uses

    Update 126. 31 March 2008

    In March, the UN's International Narcotics Control Board recommended banning coca chewing and the use of coca in mass-consumption products such as tea in Peru and Bolivia.

  • Río Blanco Fined

    Update 126. 31 March 2008

    In late February, the Peruvian government's Supervisory Board for Investment in the Energy Sector (OSINERGMIN) imposed a sanction on Monterrico Metals' Río Blanco copper mine project. This was due to the failure to comply with promises made in their environmental evaluation, including a failure to implement measures to control erosion.

  • US Backs Trade Pact With Peru

    Update 125. 31 January 2008

    The US Senate has finally approved a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru. It is the first trade agreement that President Bush has managed to get through Congress since the Democrats took control in January 2007.

  • The EU and the CAN

    Update 124. 30 November 2007

    With the next round of negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the Andean Community (CAN) scheduled to take place in Brussels on December 10th-14th, the Andean countries are under pressure to define a common negotiating position.

  • As the dust settles: The earthquake and its implications

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    On August 15th 2007, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the Richter Scale struck Peru. The epicentre was 25 miles northwest of Chincha Alta, 90 miles south of Lima, in the department of Ica.

  • Fujimori trial to start this year

    Update 123. 30 September 2007

    Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori will stand trial in November on charges of human rights abuses. The trial will focus on the cases of Barrios Altos (1991) and La Cantuta (1992).

  • 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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