NEWS

  • Fujipardon? Not for the time being

    29 July 2016

    The possibility of Ollanta Humala signing a last-minute presidential pardon for Alberto Fujimori appeared was scotched, at least for the time being, when the outgoing president said he would not make such a move.

  • Santos walks free, for the time being

    29 July 2016

    Gregorio Santos, elected regional president of Cajamarca in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, and presidential candidate in 2016, walked free from jail on 27 July, apparently to resume the regional presidency of Cajamarca.

  • Business cabinet

    29 July 2016

    It may be of interest to readers to look at the opinion piece which Francisco Durand has written for Convoca in which he challenges the idea that the cabinet is made up of ‘independents’.

  • Forced sterilisations case shelved

    29 July 2016

    On 27 July, just before the end of the last day of the Humala administration, the long-awaited ruling over the case of forced sterilisations was announced. The public prosecutor announced that the case would be shelved (archivado).

  • Mining and its potential contribution to the SDGs

    23 July 2016

    A new report has just appeared entitled "Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas". It takes the new Sustainable Development Goals which 193 countries signed up to in September 2015, and works through each showing the potential for mining to contribute, giving a number of success stories for each goal.

  • Soldiers stand trial for rape

    18 July 2016

    Eleven army officers stand trial accused of raping 14 women from the communities of Manta and Vilca, in Huancavelica, during the period of internal armed conflict. The army officers were stationed at a base there from 1984.

  • Conga: watch this space

    10 July 2016

    Gary Goldberg, CEO at Newmont Mining, has said that he intends to visit Peru towards the end of this year, with a view to discussing with the new Kuczynski government ways of moving ahead with developing the giant Conga mining deposit in Cajamarca.

  • Zavala next PM?

    10 July 2016

    As the PSG Newsletter went to press, it seemed certain that president-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski would appoint Fernando Zavala as president of the Council of Ministers. A full list of new ministers was likely to be published over the next few days. Some, indeed, have already been announced, such as Alfredo Thorne, the new minister of economy and finance.

  • PPK visit to La Oroya

    10 July 2016

    President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s visit to the smelter complex at La Oroya on 6 July was seen by many observers in Lima that the new government would try to resolve some of the outstanding issues left by his predecessors. For years, the future of La Oroya has been in doubt, ever since it was acquired by the US Doe Run in the 1990s. Doe Run systematically failed to honour commitments to upgrade the complex, reckoned to be one of the world’s most polluted sites.

  • Promulgation of Disappeared Law

    03 July 2016

    On 22 June, the executive enacted the Disappearances Law (Ley de Búsqueda de Personas Desaparecidas de 1980 al 2000), approved by Congress on 26 May. The Law recognises the rights of the families of those who ‘disappeared’ during the internal armed conflict.

  • 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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