NEWS

  • Montesinos sentenced to 20 years in prison

    Update 117. 30 September 2006

    Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, has been found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in jail for his involvement in the sale of ten-thousand assault rifles to Colombia's largest left-wing guerrilla group, FARC, seven years ago.

  • US-Peruvian Free Trade Agreement

    31 July 2006

    US President Bush's visit to his Andean counterparts (Peru's Toledo, Colombia's Urribe and Ecuador's Gutierrez) in May 2004 brought unexpected news about the ATPA (Andean Trade Preference Act). The Andean nations were already enjoying preferential trade with the US through a programme aimed at helping countries on the front line of the so called war on drugs (ATPDEA). However, the agreement expires at the end of this year.

  • Peruís Congress passes law requiring miners to pay royalties

    Update 116. 31 July 2006

    As mining exports soar with a 71% rise in May, a law has been passed in the Peruvian Congress designed to put an end to so called tax stability contracts that give mining companies tax and royalty free concessions.

  • Coca cultivation in Andes stabilises in 2005

    31 July 2006

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published it’s 2005 Andean coca survey, showing that between 2004-05 coca production increased by only 1%, a sign that coca cultivation in the region - which accounts for the entire global output of cocaine - has stabilised.

  • Fujimori released on bail in Chile

    31 May 2006

    It has come as a surprise to Human Rights groups and to those seeking the extradition of Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, that he was freed on a $3,000 bail on 18 May, after six months in a Chilean jail.

  • Violence in the run up to the elections

    31 May 2006

    In the run up to the second round of elections taking place on June 4th, violence flared up between supporters of both candidates. The troubles began after provocative talk from Ollanta Humala.

  • Tintaya Mine to be sold-off

    31 May 2006

    The controversial copper mine at Tintaya, owned by the worlds biggest mining company BHP Billiton, will be sold in June because the project is too small.

  • Economic growth continues

    31 May 2006

    Peru's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) indicated a year-to-date increase of 7.15% in the first trimester of 2006

  • Keiko Fujimori elected to Congress

    31 May 2006

    Although Fujimori is overseas and facing charges of corruption and human rights abuses, it seems his name still goes a long way and his influence within the Peruvian congress remains significant.

  • Camisea disaster

    31 March 2006

    On the first Saturday of March, a liquid gas pipeline ruptured into the jungle town of Echarati, a lush corner of the Cusco region and home to one of the world's most bio diverse rain forests.

  • 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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