Articles

  • Communities blockade River Marañón in protest at oil spills

    10 October 2016

    The Federation of Native Communities from Alto Tigre (Feconat) has called upon Rolando Luque, the newly-appointed head of the Oficina Nacional de Dialogo y Sostenibilidad (ONDS), to visit the communities affected by the oil spills in the Amazon. Luque says he will do so in due course, specifically the town of Saramurillo, one of the communities most affected, in the hope that the communities accept his visit as a sign of the government’s good faith.

  • El Frontón: justice awaits

    10 October 2016

    Thirty years after the extra-judicial killing of 133 prisoners at the island detention centre of El Frontón, six officers and 29 ordinary sailors face trial. While judicial procedures have been attempted before, they have always been halted before sentencing took place.

  • Progress on Las Bambas

    10 October 2016

    Some progress to report on Las Bambas. Last week, an agreement was reached to pave 83 kms of road running through community lands in the region of the Las Bambas mine in Apurímac.

  • Congress approves delegation, but for 90 days only

    2 October 2016

    On 29 September, following nine hours of parliamentary debate, Congress approved by substantial majorities the proposals put to it by the Kuczynski administration giving the latter the power to legislate on a number of areas.

  • Frente Amplio's second congress left key issue unresolved

    2 October 2016

    The second congress of Frente Amplio (FA), held in Villa El Salvador on 24-25 September, reflected some of the important advances made on the left this year. But the way ahead for the FA looks to be a long and winding one.

  • 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.

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