Articles

  • Forced sterilizations: no report until after elections

    15 February 2016

    The results of the judicial investigation against former president Alberto Fujimori and his three health ministers responsible for the forced sterilisation programme in the mid 1990s have been postponed for a further 150 days, ensuring that the results will not be available until after the election campaign is over.

  • Elections: Guzmán closes in on second place

    15 February 2016

    With less than two months to the first round of elections, the coveted second position is looking more attainable for self-proclaimed ‘outsider’ Julio Guzmán.

  • An agenda to combat inequality

    15 February 2016

    Oxfam Peru this week published a challenging paper asking all candidates in the election, and all in charge of public policy, to consider how to tackle inequality.

  • Oxfam report into palm oil deforestation

    15 February 2016

    Palm oil plantations in the Amazon jungle of Peru are fast expanding at the expense of primary rain forest according to a new report produced by Oxfam. Medium-sized and large-scale producers are moving in, taking advantage of the lack of clarity in existing legislation and the institutional weaknesses of the state on the ground.

  • Guzmán: the insider outsider

    7 February 2016

    In an opinion poll conducted by GfK for the La República newspaper and revealed on the evening of 31 January, Juli Guzmán saw a dramatic increase in his popularity. In a single month, he jumped from 2% in voters’ ranking of preference to 10.4%.

  • Can Fujimorismo change its spots?

    7 February 2016

    The political analyst Carlos Meléndez strikes a sceptical note about the much-vaunted shift in the nature of Fujimorismo following on from Keiko Fujimori’s well publicised address at Harvard University last autumn.

  • Campaign: plagiarism charges could impact on Acuña

    1 February 2016

    With several new opinion polls due to be published in the immediate future, it looks like being an important week ahead in the race for the presidency. The fight for the middle ground separating Keiko Fujimori and the relatively large numbers of ‘also rans’ is intensifying.

  • Presidential campaigning and extractives

    1 February 2016

    The issue of extractives has entered the presidential campaign debate with force. As an exporter of primary materials products vulnerable to large variations in prices, the role these play in the economy is never far from public attention, particularly with respect to social conflicts they often generate.

  • Conflict on all sides: HudBay, the Constancia mine and promised dialogue.

    1 February 2016

    The Canadian-owned Constancia mine in Chumbivilcano, near Cusco, is once again in the news. A 72-hour strike was called this week by the Frente Unico de Defensa de los Intereses de Velille, in protest at what they see as the company's failure, over two years, to hold serious talks over its environmental and social responsibilities.

  • Memories from the other side

    1 February 2016

    The Place of Memory opened its doors to the Peruvian public at the end of last year as part of an effort to socialise, at least to a limeño public, memories of victims in the 20-year long war between Sendero Luminoso and the Peruvian armed forces.

  • 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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