NEWS

  • Conservatives fight 'gender agenda'

    05 March 2017

    Thousands of people marched through Lima and other cities on 4 March in protest at the government’s attempts to create gender equality as part of the national school curriculum. They were supported by conservative church groups, both Catholic and evangelical, as well as opposition parliamentarians from the pro-Fujimori Fuerza Popular party.

  • US puts Peru on money laundering black list

    05 March 2017

    For the first tim, Peru has appeared in the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report blacklist of 85 jurisdictions where money laundering of illicit activities takes place. The latest report by Peru’s Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) suggests that money laundering to the tune of $3 billion took place in Peru between 2007 and 2016.

  • State of Emergency invoked at Coporaque over conflict with Hudbay

    27 February 2017

    Constancia, a copper mine in Cuzco owned by the Canadian company Hudbay, is embroiled in conflict with the surrounding communities in the province of Chumbivilcas.

  • Inter-Oceanic Highway goes nowhere in boosting trade

    18 February 2017

    Much in the news because of the corruption associated with the granting and amending of contracts to build the Inter-Oceanic Highway, less attention has been given to the use made of this hugely expensive infrastructure project.

  • News from Las Bambas: tensions persist

    18 February 2017

    The five-day strike that blocked the road to port for the Las Bambas mine was called off late on Friday 10 February. But the situation remains confused and conflictual, as significant groups of the population oppose the state of emergency.

  • Conservatives mobilise against the 'Gender Agenda'

    18 February 2017

    In the past months the debate on the teaching of gender equality in Peru has become increasingly toxic. In December, this was one of the reasons given for the build-up of opposition to the minister of education (who was subsequently forced to resign).

  • Growth rate propped up by mining

    18 February 2017

    The INEI, the Peruvian statistics agency, has just published data for growth in 2016. The economy grew by 3.9%, slightly more than in 2015. The main reason for this relative buoyancy is attributable, almost entirely, to the huge expansion of volumes of minerals from Las Bambas and Toromocho.

  • Las Bambas conflict reignited

    11 February 2017

    Activity at the Las Bambas copper mine in Apurímac was once again threatened by a strike as protesting communities blocked roads in the area in addition to the continued blocking of the key controversial road. A 72-hour strike was declared in the district of Challhuahuacho.

  • Flooding wreaks havoc over large parts of Peru

    11 February 2017

    There has been flooding and landslides affecting many cities on the coast, including Lima. The weather events of the past month have been as severe as any since the last big ‘El Niño’ in 1998.

  • Irish president visits Peru

    11 February 2017

    President Michael D. Higgins this week became the first Irish head of state to visit Peru. He was in Lima to celebrate historic links, as well as to strengthen cultural, economic and political relations between the two nations.

  • 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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