NEWS

  • Forest restoration reported

    16 October 2016

    Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has revealed that forest cover may being restored in areas previously mined for gold in parts of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. This is an indigenous protected area in the Madre de Dios region and part of the ancestral lands of the Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga peoples. It boasts exceptional biodiversity, including many endangered and endemic species.

  • Education minister under siege

    10 October 2016

    Over the past couple of weeks Education Minister Jaime Saavedra has seen his popularity fall because of a concerted effort by Apristas and Fujimoristas to bring him down. On the face of it, this has to do with his shortcomings in preparing for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima; most commentators, however, believe that it has more to do with his support for the University Law that they want to see repealed.

  • Abuse of influence uncovered

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the first scandal come to light within the new administration. On 7 October, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala offered a press conference to confirm that the case against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s former health adviser, Carlos Moreno Chacón, had been referred to the public prosecution service for corruption.

  • New conflict 'czar' appointed

    10 October 2016

     The appointment of Rolando Luque to head up the National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability (ONDS) has been met with a qualified welcome from interested NGOs.

  • The Chaupes, again

    10 October 2016

    No sooner than Newmont Mining put out a statement commenting on the so-called ‘independent’ study on the property in dispute between the Chaupe family and Yanacocha, new reports emerged about harassment of the Chaupes.

  • Environmental 'emergency' in Hualgayoc, Cajamarca

    02 October 2016

    On 27 September the Ministry for the Environment (MInam) declared an environmental emergency in the upper reaches of the Tingo-Maygasbamba, Hualgayoc-Arascorgue and Perlamayo valleys in Hualgayoc province, Cajamarca.

  • Top brass convicted on human rights atrocity

    02 October 2016

    After 23 years of waiting for justice, the family members of three victims of Fujimori’s counter-insurgency strategy at last heard the verdict of what happened to their loved ones. On 27 September, the court condemned Vladimiro Montesinos and Nicolás Hermoza Ríos to a further 22 years in jail, and Jorge Nadal Paiva to 18 years.

  • Yanacocha report inconclusive

    02 October 2016

    A new and independent study on the vexed issue of land disputed between Yanacocha and the Chaupe family, commissioned by Newmont Mining, finds the evidence inconclusive.

  • A note of self-criticism from Devida

    02 October 2016

    The head of Devida, the organization dedicated to reducing coca cultivation in Peru, has come up with what has long seemed obvious to the outside world: policies of coca eradication will not work unless they are accompanied by active policies to encourage agricultural development.

  • Bagua protesters absolved

    24 September 2016

    In a landmark ruling on 22 September, a hearing by the Supreme Court in Amazonas absolved all the accused of murder in connection with the 2009 killings, the so-called Baguazo.

  • 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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