NEWS

  • Constitutional court ruling a marker for gay rights

    15 January 2017

    Peru’s Constitutional Court last week ruled that a gay marriage celebrated in Mexico is valid in Peru. Oscar Ugarteche, the Peruvian economist who married Fidel Aroche in 2010, has fought long and hard to seek this recognition. The Court’s ruling may possibly open the door a little more to gay marriage in Peru.

  • Davos or Apurimac?

    15 January 2017

    The Prime Minister Fernando Zavala is attending the annual Davos businessfest and thereafter has meetings with the OECD in Paris. The mayor of Antabamba, Oscar Paniura has demanded that Zavala and Transport Minister Martín Vizcarra honour pledges given to attend the dialogue round table in Apurímac scheduled for 17 January.

  • Time up for delegated authority

    09 January 2017

    The 90 days authorised by the Congress during which the executive was enabled to legislate by supreme decree came to an end on 6 January. On 11 January, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala will go before Congress to justify his use of faculties that had extended his executive power.

  • Prominent gold trader arrested

    09 January 2017

    On Tuesday 3 January, the gold trader Pedro Pérez Miranda, known as ‘Peter Ferrari’, was arrested with six others in a police swoop in La Molina. The arrest warrant was for eleven people, but only seven were found.

  • Unemployment up, according to ILO

    18 December 2016

    Statistics produced last week by the International Labour Office suggest that unemployment in Peru has increased in 2015 to 4.4% of the labour force, reflecting the slowdown in the rate of growth.

  • Saavedra censured, train-crash postponed

    18 December 2016

    After much speculation that the censure of Education Minister Jaime Saavedra would result in a direct clash between the executive and the legislature, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced in a televised message on 13 December that he would not carry out the threat of seeking a vote of confidence in the cabinet as a whole in order to save the minister.

  • OECD pushes for governance reforms

    18 December 2016

    On 12 December, Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna, announced to Congress that, next June, the Executive Council of the OECD will officially invite Peru to begin the process of joining the club of developed nations. According to Luna, the OECD is currently in what he called a ‘state of strategic reflexion’ about Peru’s possible membership. The government appears to think that the country will become a member in 2020.

     

  • Drought: states of emergency widened

    11 December 2016

    On 7 December, the government extended the area under a ‘state of emergency’ to 17 regions. The emergency regulations are supposed to enable water authorities to rehabilitate wells and the like, as well as iron out problems of distribution between different regions.

  • Cabinet changes

    11 December 2016

    The resignation of Mariano González puts Jorge Nieto in charge of the defence ministry. Nieto’s place at the culture minister has been taken by Salvador del Solar.

  • Forced sterilisation case knocked back

    11 December 2016

    On 7 December, Prosecutor (Fiscal) ruled that the case brought by 77 women against ex-president Alberto Fujimori and three of his ministers of health should not proceed.

  • 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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