• 28 June 2014

    ECONOMY: Growth, Extractives investment, Coca production

    In common with most other Latin American countries, growth rates are dwindling in Peru. The government's reaction to the slowdown in the growth of the economy has been to propose a package of reforms to facilitate investment in extractives.

    Annual figures produced by the UNODC (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) suggest that there was a substantial (17.5%) decrease in the number of hectares planted with coca in 2013.

  • 28 June 2014

    POLITICS: New Cabinet appointments, Lima mayor elections, Santos arrested

    On June 23 three new cabinet members were sworn in: José Gallardo, minister of transport and communications; Gonzalo Gutiérez, minister of foreign affairs; Daniel Urresti, minister of the interior.

    July 7 is the last date by which candidates for regional presidents and mayors must present themselves. There are a growing number of aspirants to the mayoralty of Lima, by far the biggest prize in the October electoral contests.

    On June 25, Gregorio Santos, the regional president of Cajamarca, was arrested and jailed on corruption charges.

  • 28 June 2014

    HUMAN RIGHTS: Bagua 5 years on; Lugar de la Memoria opens

    On 5 June 2009, 10 demonstrators and 23 police were killed and hundreds were wounded when police clashed with indigenous people protesting against the imposition of two legislative decrees – 1090 and 1064 – that authorised exploitation of natural resources on ancestral land.

    Nearly five years after German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered to donate funds to build a Museum of Memory for those killed in the 20-year war against Sendero Luminoso, the Lugar de la Memoria, Tolerancia e Inclusión has partially opened with a three-day cultural festival ‘ILUMina’ held on the 5, 6 and 7 June.



  • . 28 June 2014

    Corruption besmirches decentralised government

    Corruption has never been far from the surface of Peruvian politics, but with the October local elections approaching, the scale of corruption has become depressingly clear in sub-national levels of government throughout much of the country. Regional governments in as many as 19 of Peru’s 25 regions are under investigation for corruption.

  • . 27 May 2014

    Education for All

    Peru´s Education system is bottom of the list in Latin America and globally, according to the 2013 PISA report (Program for International Student Assessment) for developed and more advanced developing 65 countries. Prime Minister René Cornejo has announced measures to raise educational standards in 2015.

  • . 27 May 2014

    Fujimori, Fujimorismo and the shift to the right

    A recent poll by Datum suggests that Keiko Fujimori leads the list of voting intentions for the next presidential election with 30%, followed by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 22% and Alan García with 8%. The shift to the right in Peruvian politics appears to be an established fact.

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  • 28 November 2012

    State-corporate crime?

    We have worked closely with the community affected by Rio Blanco mine, which was owned by a British company. In 2011, 33 torture claimants received compensation from the company, though it did not accept liability. This multimedia case study explores the relationships between the state, mining company and communities.

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  • 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. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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