• ONPE warns that time is running out

    02 August 2015

    The head of ONPE (the entity in charge of the organisation of elections) has warned that the new Congress will need to debate and approve reforms to the party system in the next two weeks.

  • Petrobras scandal may involve Peruvians

    26 July 2015

    Increased attention is being paid to possible irregularities by Brazilian construction firms in other countries, among them Peru.

  • Presidency of Congress goes to the right

    26 July 2015

    On 26 July Luis Iberico (from PPC-APP) was elected to the Presidency of Congress.

  • Tia Maria: State of Emergency suspended, but conflict far from resolved

    26 July 2015

    On July 22, Pedro Cateriano, the President of the Council of Ministers, announced that the cabinet had taken the decision not to renew the state of emergency in the province of Islay in Arequipa.

  • Accomarca: justice soon to be done?

    26 July 2015

    The long-running case of judging those responsible for the Accomarca massacre may be close to conclusion.

  • Environmental time-bomb identified

    20 July 2015

    The Ombudsman’s office has produced an important report fulfilling its oversight role in managing the environment. The report details who is responsible for monitoring the management of ‘environmental liabilities’ left behind by mining and hydrocarbons activity, and reports on how well the task is being done.

  • Coca survey reveals 14% fall in acreages

    20 July 2015

    The latest UN figures for coca planting in Peru, released on 15 July, show that acreages were down at the end of 2014 by nearly 14%. Colombia, where production appears to have increased in 2014, has once again dislodged Peru from its position as the world largest coca producer.

  • Forced sterilisations back in the agenda

    20 July 2015

    After nearly eighteen years on and off the political agenda, the issue of the forced sterilisation of women has returned as a central topic of discussion in recent weeks. This is in part to due to the reopening of the judicial investigation on the matter, but there is also widespread interest in the role played by former president Alberto Fujimori and his advisers.

  • Repression resumed on illegal mining

    20 July 2015

    The police force has this month resumed efforts to deal with illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios by burning down more than 50 production camps.

  • Ombudsman registers 210 social conflicts during June 2015

    11 July 2015

    The Peruvian human rights ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) latest report for June 2015 documents 210 social conflicts (149 active and 61 latent). The number has held steady for much of the year, with two new conflicts erupting last month in the regions of Ica and Puno.

  • 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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