NEWS

  • Palm oil dispute intensifies

    01 February 2016

    According to local sources in Peru, the conflict in Ucayali surrounding the destruction of the Amazon rain forest to make way for palm oil plantations (designed to produce ethanol) has become more intense over the last week.

  • Gold mining continues to threaten culture, livelihoods and the environment

    24 January 2016

    The threat to culture this week focused on sacred territory and a cultural heritage site. The threat to environment and livelihood was at the same time being illuminated through a powerful documentary from Al Jazeera TV, being showcased in Lima.

  • Environmentalist receives death threats

    24 January 2016

    A key defender of saving primary rain forest from destruction in Ucayali region has received death threats.

  • Frente Amplio releases list

    24 January 2016

    The Frente Amplio released its list of candidates for Lima this week. Number one is Marisa Glave.

  • Segura talks up Peru at Davos

    24 January 2016

    As share prices and commodity prices tumbled last week to new lows, Peru’s Finance Minister, Alonso Seguro was doing his best at Davos to spin a positive narrative of Peru’s economy to would-be investors.

  • CPI poll puts Acuna in second place

    18 January 2016

    The first opinion poll of the New Year, by CPI, was published on 14 January.

  • More oil spills in the Amazon

    18 January 2016

    David Hill, who reports for The Guardian blog on environmental issues in the Amazon has published an interesting piece on oil pollution in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

  • Espinar: a victory in the long battle to get access to information on contamination

    18 January 2016

    The local judge in Cusco this week ordered the Regional Director of Health for Espinar to release five sets of documents, going back over five years, relating to the presence of heavy metals in the province.

  • Sterilisation victims accuse public prosecutors of abuse

    18 January 2016

    The judicial investigation into reproductive health policies pursued by the Fujimori regime in the mid 1990s is being resumed. However La República ran a story in which some of those who underwent forced sterilisation accused the public prosecutors assigned to take their testimony on their cases of treating them badly.

  • Coordinadora decries environmentalist's death in Cajamarca

    11 January 2016

    On 28 December, the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) issued a public statement expressing concern and condemnation for the killing of an environmental activist, Hitler Ananías Rojas Gonzales

  • 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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