NEWS

  • Keiko promises to deregulate mining

    07 May 2016

    Congress is currently debating a controversial bill which, if passed, would repeal decrees 1100 and 1105. These set out the procedures to transform informal into formal mining. They contain many regulations that seek to control the abuses of illegal mining and other similar activities. It is feared that the cancellation would leave 'protected zones' unprotected. Despite these concerns, Keiko Fujimori has declared that her government would repeal these decrees.

  • United Cacao blamed for deforestation

    07 May 2016

    In an open letter delivered on 4 May, 60-plus indigenous organisations and NGOs from Peru, Europe and the United States called on United Cacao Limited to be barred from trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), due to alleged violations of Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rules. The letter, addressed to the Financial Conduct Authority, blamed United Cacao for the illegal deforestation of at least 11,000 hectares in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Fujimorismo wins big in Congress

    01 May 2016

    The ONPE, the institution responsible for administering elections in Peru, has been slow at providing complete figures for the congressional elections. It had still not finished the count at the end of last week. However, the distribution of seats between parties in the news Congress, which will assemble at the end of July, is clear.

  • The nexus between organised crime and illegal gold mining

    24 April 2016

    A report published explores the nexus in Latin America between organised crime and illegal gold. It sees the activity as an easy source of money laundering and corruption and fertile ground for human rights abuse, especially forced labour, sex trafficking, environmental destruction and displacement of populations.

  • Prize for Maxima Acuna de Chaupe

    24 April 2016

    The Peruvian farmer and grassroots leader, Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, was one of six people honoured this week with the world’s most prestigious prize for environmental activism, the Goldman Environmental Prize for 2016.

  • The Left makes gains in Cajamarca, under improbable circumstances

    17 April 2016

    Gregorio Santos, a candidate for the Direct Democracy party, was the clear winner in the first round of elections in Cajamarca, achieving 36.5% of the popular vote, to Keiko Fujimori’s 32.3%. What makes this result particularly remarkable is that Santos has been inside the maximum security Ancón 1 prison for two years on remand awaiting judgement on corruption charges.

  • Tension continues at Las Bambas

    09 April 2016

    Strong protests by the communities affected appear to have secured the renewal of dialogue on the issues at stake in the Las Bambas project in Apurímac. La Bambas, just starting production, will be one of the largest mines in the world, and is owned by MMG, a Chinese company incorporated in Australia.

  • IACHR sets guidelines for extractive industries

    09 April 2016

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) has just published a very valuable report entitled ‘Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Descendent Communities and Natural Resources: Human Rights Protection in the Context of Extraction, Exploitation and Development Activities’. This “highlights the breadth and complexity of the problems caused by extractive and development activities in the [Americas] region, and sets forth a comprehensive framework of Inter-American Human Rights standards on the subject”.

  • Ley 30230: landmark ruling

    09 April 2016

    On 15 March, Peru’s Constitutional Tribunal pronounced the admissibility of an appeal made by a number of human rights and indigenous organizations, led by Asociación Interétnica de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP) and the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples of the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos against Ley 30230.

  • Las Bambas: canon sows inter-communal conflict

    20 March 2016

    In 2015, the region of Apurímac received nothing from the canon, the system that distributes over 50% of mining royalties and tax receipts to regional and local governments, plus local universities. But Apurímac hosts Las Bambas, so as the giant mine comes on stream this year, the canon will begin to generate significant income, right down to the district level. By 2018, Apurímac as a whole will be receiving around 10% of the national figure distributed under the canon.

  • 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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