NEWS

  • Castaneda irks the art community, and others

    22 March 2015

    Lima’s new mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio, keen to reverse projects associated with his predecessor Susana Villarán, has run into fierce criticism in the last two weeks, especially among the artistic community.

  • New forestry law at last enacted

    22 March 2015

    On March 16, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Juan Manuel Benites was joined in a ceremony by seven organisations representing 52 indigenous or native peoples, to enact a new forestry law, replacing the law of 2000.

  • Party leader meeting gives go-ahead to political reform

    15 March 2015

    On March 4, the Peruvian government and representatives from 15 political parties initialed an agreement to bring reforms to aspects of the country’s party and electoral systems.

  • Pichinaki awaits dialogue meeting

    15 March 2015

    March 24 has been set as the date for a meeting between government officials, local representatives and those from social movements to discuss the way forward at Pichinaki.

  • Achuar Communities Reach Settlement with Oxy

    15 March 2015

    On Thursday March 6 representatives from five Achuar communities in the upper Corrientes river basin in Peru’s Amazon region and from the US-based NGO Earth Rights International announced an out-of-court settlement with the Occidental Petroleum Corporation over claims of damage to the environment and peoples’ health.

  • Urresti, one step nearer

    02 March 2015

    Daniel Urresti appears to be one step nearer to his aim of becoming a presidential candidate. On February 26 he announced that he had formalised his membership of President Humala’s Nationalist Party (PNP). A week earlier, having been removed from his post as interior minister, he had made clear his intention to launch his incursion into the world of electoral politics.

  • Pichanaki killings force Pluspetrol to withdraw from central jungle exploration site

    14 February 2015

    The death on February 11 of a student at the hands of the riot police and the wounding of 32 other people by live ammunition in the township of Pichanaki have forced the government to give marching orders to Pluspetrol, the Argentine-owned company involved in exploration for oil and gas in the central jungle.

  • Government seeks to regroup after Ley Pulpin fiasco

    14 February 2015

    The Humala administration – and in particular Prime Minister Ana Jara – has engaged in a damage limitation strategy in the last two weeks to repair the harm done to it by the drubbing it received in Congress at the end of January when it was forced to repeal its controversial youth labour law

  • Ombudsman reports on social conflict

    25 January 2015

    In its most recent monthly social conflict report, the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) registered a total of 210 social conflicts for the month of December 2014. This was a reduction from 212 cases in November, and the 217 cases in October which represented the peak for active conflicts for 2014.

  • Castaneda takes office as new Lima mayor

    25 January 2015

    Having been re-elected to serve a further four years, after his previous eight as Lima’s mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio took office on the first day of the New Year. His first three weeks in office have already stirred controversy and he appears to be seeking to reverse many of the reform policies implemented by his predecessor, Susana Villarán.

  • 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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