• Petroperu in the dock over Maranon oil spill

    13 December 2015

    A report this September by the Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental found Petroperú responsible for damage to the flora and fauna of the region, as well as 'potential' damage to human life and health. But a detailed and graphic report in Spain’s El País this week demonstrates that the local inhabitants in Cuninico are very clear that the 'human' damage is more than just ‘potential’.

  • Opinion polls

    13 December 2015

    The latest opinion poll, conducted by Ipsos was published by El Comercio on 13 December

  • Land titling: much to be done

    13 December 2015

    The task ahead in guaranteeing the integrity of communal land in Peru is daunting. Various attempts have been made over the years to award land titles to communities but the task is very far from complete,

  • Seeking to improve community ties

    05 December 2015

    An interesting initiative from the Global Indigenous Trust has brought ten delegates from six communities in the Cusco region of Peru to the city of Timmins in Canada to visit the city and the mine owned there by the Canadian company Goldcorp

  • Not much unity or democracy

    05 December 2015

    The primaries within Unidad Democrática to select a presidential candidate ended up in bitter recriminations over supposed fraud and manipulation.

  • Loggers, illegal miners shut down large parts of the jungle

    30 November 2015

    Strikes by logging interests and illegal miners have effectively wrought havoc in Ucayali and Madre de Dios regions, bringing most economic activity to a halt over the last week.

  • Students defend University Law

    30 November 2015

    On 25 November 2015, hundreds of students and ordinary citizens took to the streets of Lima to protest against the possibility that the University Law (passed in 2014) would be watered down by a proposal introduced in Congress. A day later, members of Congress who had favoured this revision, backtracked.

  • Budget presented to Congress

    30 November 2015

    The government’s budget for 2016 was presented to Congress on 26 November by Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano and members of his cabinet. This envisages a 6% increase in overall government spending.

  • Transparencia takes its stall to CADE

    30 November 2015

    The NGO Transparencia is to take 32 proposals to the annual CADE executive’s meeting in Paracas designed to strengthen institutions in Peru.

  • Defensoria welcomes IACHR verdict, deplores government inaction

    19 November 2015

    On 16 November, the Peruvian Ombudsman welcomed the verdict of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) on a case of the forced disappearance of 15 people in Santa Barbara, Ayacucho.

  • 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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