News & Analysis

Annual conference, the PSG at 35

With its conference on 15 December, the PSG commemorated 35 years since its founding (at the end of 1983). As Vice-president Rosemary Thorp made clear, it was not a source of satisfaction that the PSG continues to be needed to defend human and other rights in Peru. As...

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Climate change and extractives

The ending of the climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, this week reminds us of the critical role the extractives industries have within the climate change debate. The oil and gas sector is well and publicly recognised as one of the dominant contributors to...

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Pressure builds for Tia Maria to start up

Tía María is a large copper deposit located in the south of Peru in the province of Islay, in Arequipa. The rights are owned by Southern Peru Copper Corporation, a subsidiary of Grupo México. From the very start of Southern's involvement, there have been serious...

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Some justice for women?

In the past couple of weeks, women’s rights campaigners in Peru have had cause for celebration as the judiciary has taken steps to redress two notorious cases. On 13 December, the High Court of Lima North decided in the case of Arlette Contreras. In 2015 she was the...

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Cipriani to vacate archbishopric of Lima

On 28 December, Juan Luis Cipriani, the arch-conservative archbishop of Lima, will step down when he reaches his 75th birthday. He will remain a cardinal, however. Those rumoured to be in line to replace him include Miguel Cabrejos (the archbishop of Trujillo),...

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Second round gubernatorial contests

Elections were also held on 9 December for 15 regional governorships where these had not been defined in the first round in October. Preliminary results can be found here. It was a particularly positive result for Acción Popular whose candidates won in Cajamarca,...

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Alan García’s fall from grace

Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez’s rejection of Alan García’s request for political asylum is yet another serious blow to the political pretensions of Peru’s twice former president; it could well be the prelude for him to end up in jail, like his ally Keiko...

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Referendum result: Yes, Yes, Yes, No

The results from the referendums on 9 December were in line with what was widely expected and represent support for the positions adopted by President Martín Vizcarra. There were large majorities for the proposal to introduce the Junta Nacional de Justicia (JNJ),...

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Labour minister resignation betokens cabinet changes

Christian Sánchez resigned as labour minister on 7 December, paving the way for cabinet changes. He did so following weeks of rumours that he disagreed with President Vizcarra’s proposals for labour reform. Vizcarra used his platform at the annual meeting of business...

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