NEWS

  • Threat to freedom of the press

    31 May 2005

    UK journalist Sally Bowen and her co-author Jane Holligan, have been charged with libel in Peru after a businessman Fernando Zevallos filed a case against them.

  • Commission to bring TRC reparations closer

    31 May 2005

    The commission for the Design and Monitoring of a Policy of Peace, Collective Reparations and National Reconciliation (CMAN) has asked the Peruvian government for a budget increase of US$15mn to provide compensation to those affected by violence in the conflict that took place between 1980 and 2000.

  • Forced Labour in the Amazon

    31 May 2005

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has published a report that states that 30,000 Peruvians are the victims of forced labour in the Amazon region.
    Illegal lumberjacks, entering indigenous communities, offer money and goods such as rice and salt, before insisting that members of the community then work to pay back their 'debts'.

  • Wake Up To Trade Justice!

    31 March 2005

    As Peru gets closer to signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, the international community is coming together to send a strong message to decision makers. Their message is that current trade rules are unjust and imposed on poor countries. They want to bring about the universal access to food, a livelihood, water, health and education.

  • China and Peru Establish Strategic Trade Partnership

    31 March 2005

    China and Peru have signed eight bilateral trade accords aiming to increase trade, investment and tourism between the two countries. The agreements were signed following a meeting between Peruvian President Toledo and China's Vice President Zeng Qinghong in Lima.

  • Fuji-Cola to Raise Money for Fujimoriís Election Campaign

    31 March 2005

    Exiled ex-president Alberto Fujimori's latest campaign brainwave comes in the form of Fuji-cola; a new drink to 'quench the thirst of popular discontent'.

  • Toledo's Government Gives Money to the Poor

    31 March 2005

    President Toledo wants to hand money directly to Peru's poorest people in order to redress the imbalance of wealth prevalent in Peru. The gap between rich and poor in Latin America remains the largest in the world.

  • President Toledoís Party, Peru Posible, Accused of Corruption

    31 January 2005

    President Toledo's party, Peru Posible, has been accused of forging the signatures on the petition to register Mr Toledo's party for the 2000 elections.

  • Vote of Censure

    31 January 2005

    A motion, against prime minister Carlos Ferrero and defence minister Roberto Chiabra, was voted on in congress last week, faulting them for not heeding warnings and failing to prevent the recent uprising in Andahuaylas.

  • Campesinos succeed! - The Expansion of One of the Biggest Mines in Peru Will Not Go Ahead

    31 January 2005

    The Peruvian National Human Rights Coordinator's Ángel Escobar Jurado award was given to Father Marco Arana in December, in recognition of his work as the mediator of dialogue between the local community of Cajamarca and mining company Minera Yanacocha.

  • 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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