Articles

  • Requiem for an old party?

    27 February 2016

    It is always dangerous to write off a political party, especially in the heat of an election campaign. But Alan García’s lowly ratings in all the main opinion polls suggest that APRA, Peru’s oldest mass-based political party, is reaching a very low point in its political fortunes.

  • Most candidates colour-blind when it comes to seeing green

    20 February2016

    With the attention of the political world in Lima focused on the Guzmán case and the role of the controversial ruling of the JNE, key issues in the election, such as the fate of the environment in Peru, are being largely ignored.

  • Guzman's candidacy put on ice

    20 February 2016

    Although not yet formally barred from participating in the presidential elections, Julio Guzmán’s candidacy has been put on ice, and there is growing concern in Lima that he may not be allowed to participate. The National Electoral Jury decided on 16 February by three-votes-to-two that Guzmán’s Party ‘Todos Para Perú’  had failed to follow proper procedures when presenting his candidacy.

  • 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.

  • 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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