NEWS

  • Loggers, illegal miners shut down large parts of the jungle

    30 November 2015

    Strikes by logging interests and illegal miners have effectively wrought havoc in Ucayali and Madre de Dios regions, bringing most economic activity to a halt over the last week.

  • Students defend University Law

    30 November 2015

    On 25 November 2015, hundreds of students and ordinary citizens took to the streets of Lima to protest against the possibility that the University Law (passed in 2014) would be watered down by a proposal introduced in Congress. A day later, members of Congress who had favoured this revision, backtracked.

  • Budget presented to Congress

    30 November 2015

    The government’s budget for 2016 was presented to Congress on 26 November by Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano and members of his cabinet. This envisages a 6% increase in overall government spending.

  • Transparencia takes its stall to CADE

    30 November 2015

    The NGO Transparencia is to take 32 proposals to the annual CADE executive’s meeting in Paracas designed to strengthen institutions in Peru.

  • Defensoria welcomes IACHR verdict, deplores government inaction

    19 November 2015

    On 16 November, the Peruvian Ombudsman welcomed the verdict of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) on a case of the forced disappearance of 15 people in Santa Barbara, Ayacucho.

  • Brazil dam burst may have implications for Antamina

    19 November 2015

    The burst of two tailings dams in Brazil earlier this month led to the tragic loss of at least six lives, huge mud slips and a plume of mine waste travelling several hundred kilometres downstream. It has led BHP one of the companies involved to launch a re-think of corporate governance arrangements. This may affect its Antimina mine in Peru.

  • University law upheld

    14 November 2015

    On 11 November the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) finally upheld the Law on Universities.

  • Nadine admits notebooks were hers; stands down as candidate

    14 November 2015

    Nadine Heredia publically admitted that the notebooks with annotations about campaign expenses were hers. Heredia also made it clear that she will not be standing as a candidate in the upcoming elections.

  • Reports of turn-around on consulta previa

    14 November 2015

    Reuters news agency has been reporting an about-turn by the Peruvian government on the vexed issue of prior consultation (consulta previa) among indigenous communities in the Andes.

  • New national park, Sierra del Divisor

    14 November 2015

    Onn 8 November President Humala enacted legislation creating the huge (1.4 million hectare) Sierra del Divisor park on the borders between Ucayali and Loreto regions in the Peruvian Amazon

  • 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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