16 October 2014

    11am, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

  • POLITICS: Regional and local elections reveal deep divisions

    14 October 2014

    The results of the elections held on October 5 once again revealed deep divisions in Peru.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: Indigenous rights

    28 September 2014

    In September, the Directorate General for External Policies of the European Parliament published its second research paper on indigenous people and human rights. The latest paper highlights the disproportionate effects of extractive industries on indigenous communities worldwide.

  • POLITICS: Regional/municipal elections: a vote for corruption?

    28 September 2014

    As the mayoral and regional elections on October 5 loom, the race for the mayor of Lima seems to be a shoo-in for Luis Castañeda Lossio. In her nearly four years in post, incumbent Susana Villarán has been unable to fend accusations of incompetence.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: New Plan does little to allay doubts

    28 September 2014

    On July 7 2014, the Peruvian government approved a new National Plan for Human Rights 2014-2016.The publication of the plan follows two years of consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including domestic and international human rights organisations and the Peruvian human rights ombudsman

  • EXTRACTIVES: Anti-Corruption rules for extractives companies

    28 September 2014

    In August the UK Business Minister announced that Britain was on track to implement the EU Accounting Directive by the end of 2014. The Accounting Directive obliges extractive companies to publish accounts of the payments made to governments around the world for access to natural resources

  • POLITICS: Humala down, but not quite out; Local elections: some candidates barred, others not

    31 August 2014

    July ended with a clash between the executive and the legislature over the ruling Gana Perú’s attempt to appoint one of its own – Ana Solórzano – as the president of Congress for the forthcoming legislature. August ended with an even greater row over the ratification of a new prime minister, Ana Jara, and her cabinet, and the possibility of votes of censure against key ministers.

    The most outstanding issue in the current elections are the proliferation of candidates supported by hastily devised political groups and the fact that some are being prevented from running either for lying in their CVs or being financed by illicit groups.

  • POLITICS: Narco-candidates

    31 August 2014

    Many candidates are being accused of being financed by the drug trade. On August 12, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti handed the JNE a list of 124 candidates with supposed links to the drug trade.

  • EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Conga - new developments.

    31 August 2014

    The battle over the Yanacocha mining company's proposed opencast mine, known as Conga, has been non-stop since 2011. Two important events have occurred this month. In the first week of August a provincial judge found against the family of Maxima Chaupe, ordering them to hand over their 75-acre farm to the company. Secondly, last week, Vásquez was able to announce, amid much expectation, that the hearing by the Constitutional Tribunal would be held on 27 September at 9.30 am in Lima.

  • EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Grupo Peru COP20 speaks out; Companies push to remove tax that funds regulation costs

    31 August 2014

    The United Nations 20th session of the 'Conference of the Parties' (COP) is due to meet in Lima 1-12 December 2014. Peruvian civil society organisations from a wide range of groups are preparing to make their voices heard in an 'alternative COP'.

    That the cost of oversight of environmentally-sensitive operations of mining companies is a reasonable charge on companies in the sector commands widespread acceptance among those involved. But the level of the tax to fund it is anything but agreed.

  • 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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