• Corruption in Peruvian politics: presumption of innocence and guilt

    14 June 2015

    Over the last fortnight First Lady Nadine Heredia Alarcón has faced a barrage of criticism over her personal finances and the presumption that she was at the centre of a corruption scandal just waiting to erupt.

  • Congress spikes debate over special powers

    14 June 2015

    Weeks of growing strains between the executive and the opposition-dominated legislature culminated on 12 June with the cancelling of a congressional plenary to decide on whether to give the executive special legislative powers

  • Sexual Violence: the Inter-American Court rules against Peru

    08 June 2015

    In late May 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) finally ruled that in the case of Espinoza González vs Peru, the Peruvian state was guilty of having violated the victim’s right to liberty, integrity, protection to honour and dignity, judicial guarantees, judicial process and non-discrimination, during her imprisonment in 1993. Crucially, the Court also ruled that there was a generalised use of sexual violence and rape for which women were the main victims.

  • Protest letter over Tia Maria

    08 June 2015

    Hundreds of intellectuals, artists and writers – both from Peru and abroad – signed a letter dated 2 June to President Ollanta Humala demanding that the Tía María mining project be suspended.

  • National miners' strike: a non-event?

    25 May 2015

    The National Federation of Mine workers' national strike was called for May 18 “for an indefinite period”. There was little effect on mining output in the first week

  • The China connection

    25 May 2015

    Last week’s visit to Peru by Chinese Prime Minister Li Kiquang once again highlighted the importance of bilateral relations with China. China has not only become Peru’s top export market but also its main foreign investor.

  • MEF pronounces optimistic economic forecast

    25 May 2015

    The Minister of Economy and Finance, Alonso Segura, claims that the Peruvian economy is now on an “upward curve”, basing his assessment on better-than-expected growth figures for March.

  • Extractives: new report

    25 May 2015

    The Inter-American Dialogue, the Washington-based think tank and lobby organisation, has just published a report on the incidence of community-led protest across the Americas, with special attention to the Pacific Alliance countries: Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.

  • Forced sterilisation case reopened

    16 May 2015

    In yet another U-turn, the Peruvian judiciary has reopened the case on the forced sterilisation of women during the Fujimori government. On the recommendation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), it was announced on 10 May that the case would be re-opened. Two former health ministers and eight other health officials stand accused.

  • Defensoria reports 208 social conflicts

    16 May 2015

    Figures from the Defensoría (Ombudsman’s office) state that there were 208 conflicts (live or latent) in April along the length and breadth of the country. 67% of these were classified as protests against extractive projects by communities fearing their social or environmental impacts.

  • 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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