Articles

  • New book points to shortcomings of mesas de diálogo

    24 September 2016

    Oxfam and the the Peruvian NGO Cooperacción have together published “Conviviendo con la minería en el Sur Andino”, a book that analyses the experiences of three negotiating forums (mesas de diálogo) convened to mitigate social conflicts. The study focuses on the southern Andean region where, it is estimated, more than half of Peru’s mining investment is concentrated.

  • Ominous signs from Congress

    24 September 2016

    Over the last week, Fuerza Popular, the fujimorista party with its massive majority in Congress, has begun to move on a series of flanks, none of which bode well for the future. The departure of Yeni Vilcatoma from its ranks has provoked developments.

  • Fuerza Popular suffers its first loss

    18 September 2016

    On 16 September, Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma resigned her membership of Keiko Fujimori’s political party, Fuerza Popular (FP). Vilcatoma’s exit was neither a quiet nor a simple affair.

  • New ombudsman threatens to downplay human rights protection

    18 September 2016

    Congress voted vote on a new human rights ombudsman on 6 September; and has duly anointed the declared front runner Walter Gutiérrez. Eleven years since Congress last mustered the absolute majority required to elect Ombudswoman Beatriz Merino, this is an achievement of sorts. However, the election of Gutiérrez has given human rights observers little cause for celebration.

  • Fujimorista to head tax office

    18 September 2016

    A row has broken out over the Kuczynski government’s decision to appoint a close collaborator of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori as head of SUNAT, the tax agency.

  • Delegation of powers: things to watch for

    11 September 2016

    The government’s legislative agenda has become a little clearer over recent weeks, not least because of the list of measures for which the executive is asking for special legislative powers. These cover a number of areas that range from the economy and citizen (in)security to the future of Petroperú. The official request for delegated legislative powers was sent to Congress on 8 September.

  • How wide and what sort of front?

    11 September 2016

    With its second national congress planned for later this month, new internal tensions threaten to sink the left-wing Frente Amplio (FA). These follow the announcement by the leadership of Tierra y Libertad (TyL) last week, withdrawing support for three of its delegates on the FA: Pedro Francke, Marisa Glave and Irma Pflucker.

  • Extractive governance: the importance of the sub-national

    11 September 2016

    A seminar was held in London on this topic on Friday 9 September at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), jointly sponsored by the ODI and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). The principal aim was to present significant work carried out over the last eight years by the NRGI on the topic, based on country studies including Peru.

  • PPK's next hurdle: delegated powers

    3 September 2016

    Having cleared its first major hurdle – winning a vote of confidence in the new cabinet led by Fernando Zavala, the Kuczynski administration now faces its next one: winning parliamentary support for a raft of measures designed to tackle problems of the economy and security.

  • Fujimoristas hold key to ombudsman election

    3 September 2016

    Congress has once again announced that it will formally appoint a new human rights ombudsman next Tuesday, 6 September. The current ombudsman, Eduardo Vega, has led the institution ably despite being hamstrung by a protracted ‘interim’ status.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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