• Nadine in the firing line

    24 June 2015

    On 19 June, the congressional commission investigating the activities of Martín Belaunde Lossio decided to include the first lady, Nadine Heredia, among those whose banking details it proposed to delve into.

  • Glacial melt takes its toll

    24 June 2015

    Peru has lost 43% of its glacier cover over the last four decades, according to figures just released by the National Water Authority (ANA).

  • Constitutional strains

    24 June 2015

    Despite the agreement on legislative faculties, relations between the executive and Congress remain strained

  • APCI refuses a repeal of measure against NGOs

    24 June 2015

    Following on from the attempt by APCI to beef up its supervision powers with respect to NGOs in Peru, a meeting was held on 16 June in which representatives from the Asociación Nacional de Centros and the Coordinadora de Entidades Extranjeras de Cooperación Internacional (COECCI) requested that APCI repeal this new directive.

  • 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.

  • 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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