NEWS

  • Fujimorista media control law proposal is withdrawn and revised

    03 April 2017

    Congresswomen Alejandra Aramayo and Ursula Letona were forced to with withdraw their proposed law to control the media after a relentless campaign against it. The Law they had designed aimed to ban those who were being investigated for corruption, as well as those who had been found guilty of it, from a series of positions in the media.

  • Floods leave trail of destruction

    25 March 2017

    Although heavy coastal rainfall and mud avalanches continue to afflict many areas, the government has rallied resources to alleviate some of the immediate suffering caused. The latest published figures show the scale of the problem. The estimated number of people killed now is put at 85, with 270 people injured and 15 people disappeared.

  • Huaycos also interrupt mineral shipments

    25 March 2017

    Among many effects of the flooding disaster is that on the transport of minerals from Peru’s central region to the coast. This region accounts for at least one-fifth of Peru’s metal production and one kilometre of the rail link that the mining companies rely upon has been destroyed by landslides and flooding along the Rímac river.

  • The Catolica at 100

    25 March 2017

    The Catholic University (PUCP) celebrated its centenary on 24 March with a celebration involving hundreds of staff, graduates and others. The celebrations involved a keynote address by Gustavo Gutierrez, the Dominican priest who gave birth to liberation theology in the 1970s. The celebration also involved words from President Pedo Pablo Kuczynski.

  • PPK's popularity continues its downward course

    19 March 2017

    The latest opinion poll by Ipsos (published in El Comercio on 19 March) shows the relentless monthly fall in confidence in Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his administration.

  • Strike at Cerro Verde continues

    19 March 2017

    1,300 workers at Cerro Verde, Peru's biggest copper producer, went on strike on 10 March for five days for improved benefits and a larger share of profits. At first the impact on production was serious.

  • Conga 16 reprieved

    19 March 2017

    On 16 March, the court considering the case of 16 ronderos and environmental activists accused of supposed kidnapping (secustro agavado), ruled that there was no case to answer.

  • Ombudsman 'concerned' over new vice-ministry

    11 March 2017

    On 9 March, the Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo), Walter Gutiérrez, expressed concern about the government’s creation of a new vice-ministry, within the Prime Minister’s office, to deal with territorial governance. Gutiérrez is concerned that the vice-ministry will further marginalise the salience of the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) which takes responsibility for trying to settle social conflicts.

  • NGOs condemn criminalisation of protest in Cajamarca

    11 March 2017

    A strongly-worded open letter, signed by seven Peruvian and three international NGOs, hit the press on 6 March, the day of the re-opening of the interminable trial of the 16 human rights defenders (HRDs) involved in the Conga protest dating from 2012. The letter condemns the whole process of denunciations and penal measures as an invasion of human rights and the criminalisation of legitimate social protest.

  • New Internationalist appeal

    11 March 2017

    New International is confronting financial pressures, and to overcome these it has just announced a bold new scheme by which readers can become co-owners.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • 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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