Articles

  • Criminalisation of Human Rights Defenders

    09 July 2012

    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently warned: "[t]he increasingly systematic and recurring way in which baseless criminal actions are brought against human rights defenders [across Latin America] has caused this obstacle to gain visibility in the region and to become a problem that merits urgent attention". The following report - written by a series of international NGOs and networks -analyses this issue by drawing on examples from Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Women and Human Rights in Peru

    No. 151. May - June 2012

    Peruvian women suffered widespread sexual violence during the country's armed conflict. Though the war has long ceased, levels of domestic and gender-based violence remain high to date. In this article Paula Escribens, formerly of women’s rights organisation DEMUS, analyses the difficulties which Peruvian women continue to face. 

  • Amnesty: Espinar Mayor Detained

    01 June 2012

    Amnesty International urges political intervention in support of Oscar Mollohuanca, the mayor of Espinar, southern Peru. According to the release, the public official was detained on 30 May inside the municipal building by at least 30 police officers, who showed no arrest warrant and gave no reason for detaining him. He risks ill-treatment and could face an unfair trial.

  • Editorial: The Tyranny of Statistics

    31 May 2012

    The tyranny of statistics is back with a vengeance. First, we had Bill Gates in February telling the Spanish government that it makes no sense to “help countries like Peru, a middle income country with a per capita income of US$ 10,000, while there are children dying of malaria and people unable to get medicines for AIDS”. “Peru”, said Gates “has resources to exploit and could be as rich as a European country”.

  • The Scandal of Inequality in Latin America

    15 May 2012

    This recently released Christian Aid report highlights the gap between the rich and extremely poor which has fuelled crime and political instability in Latin America. A chapter on Peru examines the phenomenon of glacial melt, which directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers in the country. It also discusses development in the Huancavelica province, where nearly 80% of the population live in poverty.

  • Rio Blanco and the Conga Fallout

    150 . Feb - Mar 2012

    According to the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman, today there are over 20 'latent conflicts' related to extractive activity in the country. Many such disputes are likely to flare up once more as García-era suspensions expire on Humala’s watch. Of these, the conflict over Piura’s Río Blanco project is set to be the most serious.

  • Mining and Water Governance in Peru

    Open University

    In this article, written for the Peru Support Group, Leonith Hinojosa, researcher at the Open University and external associate at the University of Manchester, discusses the increasing demands on Peruvian water supplies and examines the conflicts which competition over resources have caused.

  • Humala's Cabinet Reshuffle: A Shift to the Right?

    13 December 2011

    President Ollanta Humala announced a major cabinet reshuffle on December 11, following the departure of Salomon Lerner Ghitis as president of the Council of Ministers. Lerner has been replaced by Oscar Valdés Dancuart, a retired colonel, previously interior minister. The reshuffle, which saw several left-of-centre figures dropped from the cabinet, has been widely seen as ushering in a period of more authoritarian government.

  • An Interview with Javier Diez Canseco

    No. 148. October - November 2011

    Last month the Peru Support Group invited Gana Perú deputy Javier Diez Canseco to the UK. In this interview for our bimonthly publication, the Peru Update, the Congressman describes changes in Peruvian politics since July and outlines plans for tackling corruption, social conflict and exclusion in the country.

  • Economic Policy under Humala

    IHS Global Insight

    In this article Diego Moya-Ocampos, Peru analyst at IHS Global Insight, reflects on changes and continuity in Peruvian economic policy since the inauguration of President Ollanta Humala. He also identifies a number of challenges for the Humala administration going forward, including the renegotiation of the Camisea gas contracts and the country's ongoing social conflicts.

  • 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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