NEWS

  • Experts share views on climate change and the problem of water scarcity

    27 November 2016

    An international meeting was held in Lima on 23 November to discuss ways of defending the use of increasingly scarce water by vulnerable communities. The meeting drew experts from Argentina and Colombia as well as representatives from communities across the Peruvian Andes.

  • University Law battle intensifies

    20 November 2016

    Plans have been under way for weeks to derail the legislation passed under the Humala government to reform university governance. Fujimori’s Fuerza Popular, allied with APRA, long ago decided that the attempts to tighten the regulation of higher education needed to be stopped.

  • Saramurillo takes protest to Lima

    20 November 2016

    The leaders from Saramurillo, in Loreto, took to the streets in Lima on 19-20 November as the APEC meeting reached a climax. The president of one of the jungle communities, Miguel Manihuari, declared that the protest march was intended to force the Kuczynski administration to respond to their demands. The communities have suffered repeated breaks in the North Peruvian pipeline operated by Petroperú. They had had meetings with the prime minister, Fernando Zavala, and other government officials.

  • Mercury poisoning in Madre de Dios

    20 November 2016

    In a piece published by The Guardian, David Hill highlights the results of studies carried out by Duke Global Health Institute in the United States which seek to quantify how much local populations are exposed to mercury poisoning.

  • Fire strikes twice

    20 November 2016

    On 17 November a fire broke out in one of the cinemas at the Larcomar shopping mall in Miraflores. Four people were killed and several were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

  • Mining: more protests, more deaths, some dialogue

    13 November 2016

    The death of a protester at Las Bambas in October has already had a strong impact on public policy, as we outlined last week, and the fear of ‘contagion’ has proved real. Last week brought further significant events: further deaths at police hands, this time in La Libertad, and more mining protests in the south.

  • Mining output boosts exports

    13 November 2016

    The increase in mining output, mostly from Las Bambas and the expansion of Cerro Verde, have helped push Peru’s trade balance back towards positive terrain over the first three quarters of the year.

  • Defending the defenders: human rights defenders at risk

    06 November 2016

    An Oxfam document draws attention to the plight of human rights defenders in Latin America. The report highlights the plight of women in defending human rights

  • Bolivia and Peru: change of tone?

    06 November 2016

    The visit by President Kuczynski to Bolivia, where he met with Evo Morales in Sucre, marks an improvement in relations between the two countries. Despite their ideological differences, Kuczynski and Morales pledged to mend fences.

  • Loreto oil spills: conflict continues.

    29 October 2016

    Indigenous communities in Loreto have now been on strike for two months, blocking the river Marañon. Faced with the effects of nine oil spills this year, they are desperate to force action from the government. Rolando Luque, the new ONDS chief, went to Saramillo as his first visit in his new job.

  • 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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