NEWS

  • Forced sterilisation case knocked back

    11 December 2016

    On 7 December, Prosecutor (Fiscal) ruled that the case brought by 77 women against ex-president Alberto Fujimori and three of his ministers of health should not proceed.

  • PPK to visit Tambo valley to try to resolve Tia Maria impasse

    04 December 2016

    President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has announced that he intends to visit Cocachacra, in the Tambo valley, in order to discuss with farmers possible solutions to their water problems.

  • The return of Nadine

    04 December 2016

    Following adverse public reaction to her trip to Geneva to take up an appointment with the UN World Food Programme, Nadine Heredia, the former first lady, returned to Lima last week.

  • Mining investment down for third year running

    04 December 2016

    Speaking in Washington DC on 3 December in public hearings convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Peruvian human rights experts criticised the Kuczynski government for not bringing an immediate end to contracts by which the police provide security services for mining companies.

  • Human rights organisations denounce police contracts with mining companies

    04 December 2016

    Speaking in Washington DC on 3 December in public hearings convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Peruvian human rights experts criticised the Kuczynski government for not bringing an immediate end to contracts by which the police provide security services for mining companies.

  • Detainees freed in Cordillera del Condor

    27 November 2016

    Three people have been freed who were taken captive on 14 November by indigenous groups in the Cordillera del Cóndor region (Amazonas) in northern Peru.

  • Peru invites UN and IACHR specialists to visit the sites of oil spills

    27 November 2016

    Justice Minister Marisol Pérez Tello revealed in a radio interview for IdeeleRadio that the government has extended an official invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste, Baskut Tuncak, and to representatives of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), to visit the sites of the oil spills in the Amazon.

  • Experts share views on climate change and the problem of water scarcity

    27 November 2016

    An international meeting was held in Lima on 23 November to discuss ways of defending the use of increasingly scarce water by vulnerable communities. The meeting drew experts from Argentina and Colombia as well as representatives from communities across the Peruvian Andes.

  • University Law battle intensifies

    20 November 2016

    Plans have been under way for weeks to derail the legislation passed under the Humala government to reform university governance. Fujimori’s Fuerza Popular, allied with APRA, long ago decided that the attempts to tighten the regulation of higher education needed to be stopped.

  • Saramurillo takes protest to Lima

    20 November 2016

    The leaders from Saramurillo, in Loreto, took to the streets in Lima on 19-20 November as the APEC meeting reached a climax. The president of one of the jungle communities, Miguel Manihuari, declared that the protest march was intended to force the Kuczynski administration to respond to their demands. The communities have suffered repeated breaks in the North Peruvian pipeline operated by Petroperú. They had had meetings with the prime minister, Fernando Zavala, and other government officials.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • 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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