News & Analysis

New Congress sworn in

The new Congress, elected on 26 January, was sworn in on 28 February. The party breakdown in the single chamber 130 member legislature is as follows: Acción Popular 25 seats, Alianza para el Progreso 22 seats, Fuerza Popular 15 seats, Frepap 15 seats, Unión por el...

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Peru suffers the consequences of coronavirus

Mercifully, at the time of publication at least, no-one in Peru had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. But, as the first case in Latin America was announced in Brazil last week, it seemed just a matter of time before the pandemic hits. But the virus has already...

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Poverty map published

Uchurracay will reverberate in the memory of those who recall the long years of internal strife that afflicted Peru between 1980 and 1992. It was there that a band of eight journalists was hacked to death when they set out to investigate rumours that peasant...

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Gender inequality the focus of Oxfam report

Issues of poverty and inequality are never far from the work of Oxfam whose latest report is on the world-wide care economy. According to the report, published by Oxfam GB, “economic inequality is out of control”. Nowhere is this more patent than with gender...

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Awajún and Wampis demand enquiry into killing

On 27 February, members of the Awajún and Wampis peoples staged a protest outside the justice ministry demanding an effective and thorough enquiry into the death of one of their leaders. Américo Entzacua Santiak was found dead on 13 February in the town of Juan...

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Gold dredgers threaten Iquitos water supply

The Citizens’ Committee for the Defence of the Water Supply for the City of Iquitos and the Head of the Allpahuayo Mishana Nature Reserve have both raised the alarm regarding the appearance of three gold dredging boats near indigenous communities along the Nanay River...

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