Articles

  • 'We are not neutral': National Human Rights Coordinator releases its Annual Report

    30 August 2015

    The National Human Rights Coordinator (Coordinadora Nacional de los Derechos Humanos) has published its annual report for 2014-15 and it makes for sober reading.

  • Mendoza's announcement; a step towards unity on the left?

    30 August 2015

    The announcement by Veronika Mendoza earlier this month that she intends to run for president is but the first shot in what looks likely to be a fractious battle to see who (if anyone) emerges as the candidate for the left.

  • The Cardinal and plagiarism

    30 August 2015

    Lima’s Cardinal Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani has become the subject of allegations that he has plagiarised material in his sermons and in articles published in ‘El Comercio’

  • Brazil bribery scandal threatens to overflow into Peru

    9 August 2015

    New information has come to light about the activities of Brazilian construction and engineering companies in Peru and the methods used to secure contracts there.

  • Oil: future unclear for Block 192

    8 August 2015

    The largest source of oil in Peru, Block 192, previously referred to as Block 1AB, still has no clear future.

  • Damp squib

    2 August 2015

    There was a time when Fiestas Patrias, the anniversary of Peru’s independence from Spain, was a moment for political fire-crackers. Not so this time, or for that matter in any of the annual set-piece State of the Union speeches by President Ollanta Humala since 2011.

  • Election Year

    26 July 2015

    On Tuesday July 28, President Ollanta Humala will give his final message to Congress and the nation. Humala, who is constitutionally barred from standing for re-election in 2016, enters is his last year a much-weakened figure.

  • Lords hosts public meeting on human rights and access to justice in Peru

    26 July 2015

    On Tuesday 7 July the Peru Support Group (PSG) and Cafod, the Catholic development agency organised a meeting held at the House of Lords.

  • Evidence emerges of chronic regulatory weakness in oil and gas industries

    26 July 2015

    Convoca has produced a worrying report on possible environmental damage in the oil and gas sector. They discovered last year that OEFA inherited a time-bomb when it assumed its monitoring role in 2011.

  • The Humala presidency in perspective: plus ca change ...

    11 July 2015

    Elected president four years ago in June 2011, Ollanta Humala promised what he called the ‘great transformation’. Many, particularly among the business elites, feared there would be a dramatic change in the business and mining-friendly economic policies. What was transformed were not the policies but the views of the president and those around him like his wife Nadine Heredia.

  • 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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