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Peru News 065. 31 May 2011
The Peru Support Group's monthly summary of the major news stories from Peru is now available.
This month: Electoral polls favour Keiko's candidacy, Humala seeks to win over voters with a new manifesto, the UN criticises Peru for failing to combat modern slavery, communities in Puno launch protests against mining projects, and a Peruvian expert warns of the creeping political influence of drug-traffickers.
09 May 2011
Leigh Day, the law firm representing the alleged victims in the Majaz / Monterrico Metals case, is currently seeking assistance with the translation of documents in preparation for the trial in the UK in October. The firm is ideally looking for native English speakers with a high standard of Spanish to translate witness statements from Spanish to English as soon as possible. Translators can work remotely and will be renumerated at a rate of 4p per word. If you are interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your availability, a brief outline of your work history and level of Spanish.
13 April 2011
10 April saw nationwide elections in Peru to determine who will govern the country when incumbent President Alan García’s term ends in July. The final tally of votes put Ollanta Humala in first place with approximately 32 percent of the vote. He was followed by Keiko Fujimori with 23.5 percent, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 18.5 percent and former President Alejandro Toledo with just under 16 percent. Luis Castañeda, the ex-mayor of Lima who started the campaign as favourite for the presidency, polled less than 10 percent. As no candidate won an absolute majority of votes the top two-polling candidates, Humala and Fujimori, will face each other in a second round vote on 5 June.
18 March 2011
Womankind will be hosting an opening evening with its Peruvian partner organisations on Thursday 7th April between 6pm and 7:45pm.
Romy Garcia and Jessennia Casani from the Institute for the Defence of Women's Rights (DEMUS) will discuss their work addressing the aftermath of sexual violence against women during Peru's armed conflict. This will be followed by a presentation from the Ica Women's Federation (FEPROMU) on their efforts to tackle the stigma of HIV and AIDS and protecting the employment rights of female agricultural workers.
Venue: Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. For further information contact Adrian Gannon at Adrian@womankind.org.uk.
17 March 2011
The first round of Peru’s presidential elections, in which the incumbent Alan García is constitutionally prevented from standing, is scheduled for 10th April 2011. Despite the proximity of the vote the political agendas of the main contenders are, at times, somewhat difficult to discern. Campaigning has largely revolved around personalities, while the media has preferred to focus on the candidates’ alliances with alleged drug-traffickers and/or human rights violators. To help British politicans navigate their way round the various contenders the PSG and CAFOD produced the following summary of the candidates, their poll ratings (as at 7 Mar) and a brief overview of their background and policy proposals. We then circulated it to all members of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Peru and Latin America.
09 February 2011
Peru will begin to pay individual monetary reparations to victims and survivors of the 1980-2000 counterinsurgency war, with top priority put on elderly people in remote villages in the country's impoverished highlands, where most of the human rights violations took place.
23 January 2011
Mercedes Aráoz, candidate of the ruling American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party, announced on 23rd January that she was withdrawing from the presidential race.
04 January 2011
PERU & LATIN AMERICA: SIGNS OF CHANGE?
Lord Avebury chaired a successful annual conference for the PSG on Saturday 27 November 2010. Speakers included:
Javier Diez Canseco - a leading Peruvian political analyst and former member of Congress;
Jose de Echave - head of collective rights and extractives industries at Lima-based NGO CooperAccion;
Jelke Boesten - senior lecturer in social development and human security at the University of Leeds;
Cath Collins - associate professor of politics at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile and;
Camilo Tovar - European coordinator at ALOP, an association of development focused NGOs in Latin America and the Carribean.
To view our speakers' presentations please click on the links below:
28 December 2010
A decade after the end of Peru's 20-year counterinsurgency war was officially declared, the army broke its silence, to give its own version of events.
The report, "In Honour of the Truth", based on dispatches by officers involved in combat missions, contradicts the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR), which issued a lengthy report on the 1980-2000 armed conflict in 2003, based principally on the testimony of survivors and relatives of victims.
28 September 2010
The Peru Support Group rejects in the strongest possible terms the suggestion that it has at any time had a connection with any terrorist group.