• Struggle for the Presidency of Congress

    31 July 2004

    By mid-July, the struggle was building up to see who would replace Henry Pease as president of Congress. The post is an important one.

  • Mudslide in Machu Picchu

    30 April 2004

    On 11 April, mudslides in and around Aguas Calientes, the village closest to the ancient Inca citadel of Macchu Pichu killed more than one and destroyed several homes in the area. 10 people are also missing, presumed dead.

  • Intelligence Agency Dissolved

    30 April 2004

    In March, the Peruvian government decided to dissolve its intelligence services, and set up a special commission to examine how best to restructure the service.

  • Peruvian Government Seeks to Accelerate Extradition Process

    29 February 2004

    A Peruvian delegation travelled to Tokyo in February to seek the extradition of former President Alberto Fujimori from Japan. The talks were the first between legal officials from both sides, which aimed to clarify the details of last year's formal extradition request, and accelerate the extradition process.

  • Montesinos Tried for Trafficking Drugs to Colombian Guerrillas

    29 February 2004

    In February the Anti-corruption court began a trial against Montesinos for trafficking drugs to the Colombian guerrillas the FARC in the late 1990s.

  • SOCIETY: Indigenous women and climate change

    31 December 1969

    Indigenous women and climate change

    At an international forum on community and land resource rights in Lima on 16 July, indigenous women from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered to call for the inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives and their direct participation

  • POLITICS: Narco-candidates

    31 December 1969

    Many candidates are being accused of being financed by the drug trade. On August 12, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti handed the JNE a list of 124 candidates with supposed links to the drug trade. The list includes those being investigated, found guilty, or who face on-going judicial proceedings.


    31 December 1969

     1st November, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

  • Castañeda takes office as new Lima mayor

    31 December 1969

    Having been re-elected to serve a further four years, after his previous eight as Lima’s mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio took office on the first day of the New Year. His first three weeks in office have already stirred controversy and he appears to be seeking to reverse many of the reform policies implemented by his predecessor, Susana Villarán.

  • 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.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member