News & Analysis

Fuerza Popular heads into the shredder

With Keiko Fujimori in jail, Chávarry removed from his position as chief public prosecutor, Vizcarra triumphant in the referendum, and popular wrath over Fuerza Popular’s (FP) connections with corruption scandals, it has not been a happy New Year for Peru’s main...

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Fresh conflict over Las Bambas

Last week saw the recurrence of conflict over the route by which copper is transported to port from the giant Chinese-owned mine at Las Bambas in Apurímac. This time, it occurred in the community of Yavi Yavi in the province of Chumbivilcas in Cuzco. The route between...

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Forestry regulator loses independence

Last month, OSINFOR (Organismo Supervisor de Recursos Forestales), one of the few truly effective supervisory bodies of forestry resources, lost its autonomy through its relegation from the Council of Ministers to the Environment Ministry, widely regarded as toothless...

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Fresh approach to drugs control urged

On 21 December, the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA), published their much-delayed annual coca reduction monitoring report for 2017. The findings of the report, which show a 14%...

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Chavarry on the ropes?

The New Year brought a dramatic development in the conflict between Fuerza Popular and the government with the retraction by the Chief Public Prosecutor (Fiscal de la Nación) of a previous edict sacking the two prosecutors most closely involved in anti-corruption...

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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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