• Coca survey reveals 14% fall in acreages

    20 July 2015

    The latest UN figures for coca planting in Peru, released on 15 July, show that acreages were down at the end of 2014 by nearly 14%. Colombia, where production appears to have increased in 2014, has once again dislodged Peru from its position as the world largest coca producer.

  • Forced sterilisations back in the agenda

    20 July 2015

    After nearly eighteen years on and off the political agenda, the issue of the forced sterilisation of women has returned as a central topic of discussion in recent weeks. This is in part to due to the reopening of the judicial investigation on the matter, but there is also widespread interest in the role played by former president Alberto Fujimori and his advisers.

  • Repression resumed on illegal mining

    20 July 2015

    The police force has this month resumed efforts to deal with illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios by burning down more than 50 production camps.

  • Ombudsman registers 210 social conflicts during June 2015

    11 July 2015

    The Peruvian human rights ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) latest report for June 2015 documents 210 social conflicts (149 active and 61 latent). The number has held steady for much of the year, with two new conflicts erupting last month in the regions of Ica and Puno.

  • Julio Galindo designated National Prosecutor in Constitutional Matters

    11 July 2015

    A hardline opponent of the human rights community in Peru has been designated as National Prosecutor in Constitutional Matters. A former anti-terrorism Prosecutor, Julio Galindo will now form part of the Legal Defence Council, an advisory body to the executive.

  • Study reveals serious mercury contamination in Huancavelica

    05 July 2015

    A study reveals the scale of mercury contamination in the city of Huancavelica. From colonial times, Huancavelica was the centre for producing the mercury used to refine silver from Potosí.

  • Human Rights Court rules on Chavin de Huantar

    05 July 2015

    On 29 June, the Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that the Peruvian state bore responsibility for the extra-judicial execution of a member of the MRTA who had previously surrendered after the storming of the Japanese Embassy in Lima in 1997.

  • UN survey indicates fall in coca production

    05 July 2015

    The annual World Drug Report, published by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime at the end of June points to a 18% fall in coca cultivation in Peru in 2013. The data show that manual coca eradication was stepped up in 2013 in Peru. However, success in eradication had the effect of pushing up prices for dried coca leaf by around 30% in 2013. This increases the appetite of farmers to plant coca leaf for future production.

  • Martha Chavez decries IACHR

    28 June 2015

    Martha Chávez, congresswoman for Fuerza Popular (FP) and one of the most resolute and outspoken defenders of Alberto Fujimori and his regime, has attacked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its new commissioner Francisco Eguiguren, the former Peruvian minister of justice.

  • Bishops suggest new rules on extractives to IACHR

    28 June 2015

    Three bishops representing the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) have met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with proposals of how to protect vulnerable populations from the activities of extractive industries

  • 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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