• 16 May 2015

    Forced sterilisation case reopened

    In yet another U-turn, the Peruvian judiciary has reopened the case on the forced sterilisation of women during the Fujimori government. On the recommendation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), it was announced on 10 May that the case would be re-opened. Two former health ministers and eight other health officials stand accused.

  • 16 May 2015

    Defensoria reports 208 social conflicts

    Figures from the Defensoría (Ombudsman’s office) state that there were 208 conflicts (live or latent) in April along the length and breadth of the country. 67% of these were classified as protests against extractive projects by communities fearing their social or environmental impacts.

  • 16 May 2015

    Judges accuse Fiscal de la Nacion

    On 13 May, the Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM), the body responsible for making judicial appointments, resolved by five votes to one to dismiss the Fiscal de la Nación, Carlos Ramos Heredia. It is the first time that a Fiscal de la Nación, who heads up the country’s public prosecution service, has been removed in this way.

  • 02 May 2015

    Castaneda rocks opinion

    The new mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, has faced a challenging time in his first four months at the helm. In this short period he has managed to antagonise a large part of the city’s population, and his approval ratings have dwindled from a remarkable 70% support to around 50%, and they are still declining


  • . 16 May 2015

    Tia Maria: militarisation not the answer

    The Peruvian government’s decision to deploy troops last week to reinforce the police force in the battle over Tía María appears to have inflamed the situation still further. On 12 April, a three day strike began across the Arequipa region, leading to pitched battles both in Peru’s second city as well as in the Islay province and in the port of Mollendo.

  • . 7 May 2015

    Second death worsens conflict over Tía Maria

    Tuesday 5 May saw the tragic death of Henry Checcla, 35, in a clash with police that had begun on Monday night in the Tambo Valley in Arequipa. The gravity of the situation at Tía María then pushed the Ombudsman to announce a major initiative to reinitiate dialogue.

  • . 7 May 2015

    EITI publishes protocol on civil society protection

    Peru was one of the first countries to sign up to the EITI (Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative), and the EITI classifies Peru as one of the countries worldwide it considers ‘compliant’. EITI has announced that it will be holding its 7th Global Conference next year (24-25 February 2016) in Lima.

  • . 2 May 2015

    Resource governance: good laws, but this is not enough

    Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) has developed an index of the quality of governance specifically for the mining, oil and gas sectors covering 58 countries and based around 173 questions. In its 2013 index, the most recent to be published, Peru achieves a rating of 73; it is thus classed as 'satisfactory'. This information sits oddly with the current conflict over the Tía María mine proposal, now into its sixth week.

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