Articles

  • Parliament or president: who rules?

    20 August 2016

    The strong vote of confidence by Congress on 19 August in the cabinet of Fernando Zavala, Peru’s new prime minister, is but the first of probably many hurdles that the Kuczynski administration will need to clear in what promises to be a troubled relationship between the legislature and the executive over the next five years.

  • Zavala's speech: culture at the centre of policy

    20 August 2016

    Prime Minister Fernando Zavala has promised that his cabinet will place culture centre stage. In his first speech to Congress on 18 August, he vowed to ensure that the culture ministry is properly funded and that the government would promote culture, not only protecting Peru’s historical legacy but also funding new cultural initiatives.

  • Supreme Court finds in favour of Fujimori

    20 August 2016

    Lawyers for former president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a lengthy sentence for corruption and human rights violation, are jubilant at the verdict of the Supreme Court which, on 16 August, found Fujimori not guilty of using public money to fund the gutter press in the build-up to the 2000 elections. The public prosecutor’s office (fiscalía) had demanded an eight-year sentence.

  • Report: 'Towards a New Vision for Mining in Peru in 2030'

    20 August 2016

    An important document under this title was presented at the ‘Congreso Internacional de Relacones Comunitarias’ held in Lima 17-19 August. The document comprises two parts: first a ‘vision statement’ prepared by the Driving Group, and second a first-rate, comprehensive and concise background paper on mining and its prospects in Peru prepared by the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.

  • PPK's wish-list

    29 July 2016

    In his inaugural address on 28 July, newly-elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called for unity, laying out his vision for Peru for the forthcoming five years. He presented his dream of a more modern and equitable country by the time that Peru celebrates the bicentenary of its independence in 2021.

  • Two-thirds majority

    29 July 2016

    When it finally came to electing Luz Salgado, a Fujimori traditionalist, as president of Congress for the forthcoming year, APRA and Alianza para el Progreso (of César Acuña) threw their lot in with Fuerza Popular (FP), with Ricard Acuña (APP) and Elías Rodríguez (APRA) sharing in the presidency. So it was that Salgado received 87 votes (out of 130), more than two-thirds.

  • Reports underline need for improved natural resource governance

    29 July 2016

    The incoming government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has given every possible signal that the more successful use and governance of Peru's natural resources will be a cornerstone of its development strategy.

  • Friction pointers between President and Congress

    23 July 2016

    This next week sees the inauguration of a new government presided by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The new Congress was already sworn in on 22 July, with the Fujimorista Luz Salgado as its president. The scene is therefore set for a potential trial of strength between the executive and legislature in which Kuczynski’s partisans are in a tiny minority of 18 out of 130.

  • International rulings favour Peru and Peruvians

    23 July 2016

    In the High Court in London, an important step forward occurred in the case being brought by 22 indigenous Peruvians against Xstrata, which in 2012 was the owner of the Tintaya mine in Espinar. The ruling on 21 July found the company to be in error in not having disclosed a provocative email from an Xstrata director to its senior South American manager

  • Ayacucho assault case adds to demands on women's rights

    23 July 2016

    On 16 July the stark naked man filmed dragging a woman, Cindy Arlette Contreras, by the hair in a hotel in Ayacucho was freed with a suspended sentence of one year. The judges ruled that there was no proof that there had been either rape or the risk of death, and that the attack that took year a year previously on 13 July had involved only minor injuries.

  • 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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