• 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.

  • Crystal balls: Central Bank predictions for 2015

    25 January 2015

    Julio Velarde, the president of the central bank (BCRP), predicts that the Peruvian economy will grow this year by 4.8%.

  • Urresti and La Cautiva

    18 January 2015

    La Cautiva is a play about people involved in the counter-insurgency war against Sendero Luminoso. Having run for several months to critical acclaim, it has been denounced by Interior Minister Daniel Urresti as an ‘apology for terrorism’.

  • IACHR demands move on prior consultation

    18 January 2015

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has demanded that Peru commits itself fully to the principle of informed prior consultation, both with respect to highland indigenous groups as well as to indigenous tribes living in the lowland jungles of the Amazon basin.

  • Fujimori condemned for embezzlement of public funds

    09 January 2015

    On January 8, former president Alberto Fujimori was convicted to eight years in prison for embezzlement of public funds (peculado doloso) by channelling money to the gutter press with a view to denouncing his adversaries in the 2000 elections.

  • Peru fares poorly in world ranking of environmental performance

    09 January 2015

    Yale University's Environmental Performance Index ranks Peru 110 of 178 countries worldwide. In Latin America, only El Salvador and Paraguay are placed lower.

  • 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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