• Buenaventura suspends mining operations in San Gabriel following community rejection

    11 January 2016

    At the tail-end of last year, Buenaventura, one of Peru’s largest private sector mining operators, decided to suspend operations at the San Gabriel gold mine after it became clear that communities living in the areas affected by the project were dissatisfied with the information provided to them by the company.

  • The trade in illegal gold

    20 December 2015

    As the war on small, illegal and informal gold mining continues in the Amazon jungle, it remains the case that this abusive industry will only be effectively controlled by fierce monitoring and pursuit of the large international traders, some of whom are beginning to be named publicly.

  • Alberto Fujimori makes his demands known

    20 December 2015

    Former president Alberto Fujimori made it known that his daughter’s list of candidates for Congress should contain what he called “experienced” political figures as well as “new blood”.

  • Veronika outlines 'plan de gobierno'

    20 December 2015

    Veronika Mendoza hopes to see her campaign shift up a gear over the next month. The Mendoza campaign’s government plan, announced on 16 December is designed to appeal to those who see the other main candidates as all singing from very similar hymn sheets.

  • PPK selects running mates

    20 December 2015

    On 19 December, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his two running mates in the presidential campaign: Martín Vizcarra and Mercedes Aráoz.

  • Human rights organisations demand fairness in Bagua trial

    20 December 2015

    Verdicts are expected in the next few days on the ‘Curva del Diablo’ trial, in which 53 people stand accused of responsibility for the deaths of 33 at Bagua, Amazonas region, in 2009. A number of human rights groups have pressed for fair trials and for those accused to be offered proper defence facilities.

  • Aidesep at COP-21

    13 December 2015

    The issue of land tiling is one of many that the Asociacion Inter-etnica de la Selva Peruana (Aidesep) has took to the COP-21 meeting in Paris this week.

  • 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,

  • 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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