Articles

  • Nadine Heredia's FAO posting causes ructions

    27 November 2016

    On 24 November, Nadine Heredia, the former first lady, travelled to Geneva to take up a posting with the United Nations Food Programme. In Peru, the reaction was immediate. Not only did many politicians demand she return to Lima but even the foreign ministry requested her post be rescinded.

  • Rio Blanco returns to the front line

    27 November 2016

    An agreement appears to have been reached between the Peruvian government and the Chinese Xiamen Zijin Investment Development Corporation to push ahead with the development phase of Rio Blanco. This is potentially one of the world’s biggest copper mines, but it has met with consistent opposition from the highland communities of northern Piura region.

  • Some good news from Espinar?

    27 November 2016

    A long-running issue in the field of mining and human rights has taken what may be a significant step forward. Senior government officials appear to have agreed to building health facilities in Espinar to deal with problems arising from mining there.

  • APEC and the festival of globalisation

    20 November 2016

    The APEC summit in Lima, which took place on 19-20 November, brought together leaders from around the world, reflecting rather different traditions of capitalism. For President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the summit was a golden opportunity to be seen hob-nobbing with world leaders and to reassert both his core beliefs in the virtues of international business integration and the need to bin harmful regulatory obstacles to the free-flow of capital.

  • Frente Amplio seeks its own registration

    20 November 2016

    Verónika Menoza, candidate for the left-wing Frente Amplio, has announced that as of 2 December she will be spearheading a campaign to collect enough signatures to register a new grouping, known as the Movimiento por el Nuevo Perú, as an official party. To do so will require up to a million signatures.

  • Peru hosts APEC

    13 November 2016

    Lima this week (14-20 November) plays host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The meeting is of great significance to the Peruvian government’s attempts to get closer to the Asian economies, both as a trade partner and as the recipient of Asian investment. Officials in the Kuczynski administration keenly wait to see what sort of deals emerge.

  • Fujimoristas trumpet Trump

    13 November 2016

    The conservatism of Donald J Trump, his populist tendencies purporting to provide the common man with a voice while promising to lower taxes for the rich are being applauded by the followers of Fujimori in Peru. They see him as an outsider who has defeated the political establishment just as Alberto Fujimori did in 1990.

  • Ismael Vega reflects on consultation and consent

    13 November 2016

    Ismael Vega from CAAAP, an NGO whose work in the Peruvian Amazon goes back more than 40 years, was the PSG’s special guest speaker at its conference on 5 November. He also addressed a meeting in the House of Lords on 7 November at the invitation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights (APPG-HR), as well as leading a seminar on 11 November comparing Peru’s experiences with those of Colombia.

  • PPK: the first hundred days

    6 November 2016

    Although an arbitrary metric, the ‘hundred days’ is a useful one. Within this time-frame a new government will have settled in, ministers begun taking policy decisions and the initial optimism surrounding a new administration given way to more balanced and sober assessments. ‘Politics as usual’ should have settled in. So it has been with PPK (President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski) in Peru, who took office on 28 July, although no New Deal seems in prospect.

  • Police contracts with mining companies disclosed

    6 November 2016

    The contracts between a number of the largest mining companies and their local police forces for the protection of their mines have been receiving public attention lately, especially following the death from a police bullet of a protester at Las Bambas mine on 14 October. The government has announced that it will “revise the norms” applicable in such agreements.

  • 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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