Articles

  • New government faces tough extractives legacy

    18 July 2016

    On 13 July, the key environmental NGOs CooperAcción, Fedepaz and Grufides presented the 18th report of the Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros. This covers the first six months of 2016 and makes recommendations to the new government. The commentators underlined the report's main highlight: that under the Humala government social conflicts averaged 217 in any one month, 70% of which were social/environmental.

  • Peru opens new high-altitude prison

    18 July 2016

    On 9 July, Peru opened its newest prison at 4,100 metres above sea level in Cochamarca, in the central Andes. The country has the dubious honour of being host to some of the highest and most inhospitable prisons in the world, including the Challapalca prison, located at 4,600 metres.

  • Human rights defenders 'on dangerous ground'

    10 July 2016

    A new report by Global Witness covers 16 countries, documenting violence against human rights defenders in 2015. Peru has the fourth highest number of documented activist deaths. Twelve people lost their lives last year, of which eleven were related to mining or other extractive activities. Since 2002, 80% of the 69 people killed in Peru were linked to extractives.

  • Forced Sterilisation victims to get their day in court

    10 July 2016

    After more than 14 years seeking justice, the victims of the forced sterilisation programme in the 1990s might soon have their day in court. Public Prosecutor Marcelita Gutiérrez is due to present the results of her investigation this Monday, 11 July. In May 2015, she was tasked with investigating the wrongdoing that took place at the behest of the regime of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).

  • Climate change: Peru sets out its stall

    3 July 2016

    Peru is one of the world’s countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A voluminous report has just been published on advances in policy on climate change in the period since 2010.

  • Memorial event for Lord Avebury

    3 July 2016

    A memorial event was held on 30 June for Lord Avebury at the Royal Institution in London. Eric Avebury was president of the Peru Support Group from 2002 until 2012 when he had to give up because of ill health.

  • Plus ca change - How Peruvian elites stay on top

    3 July 2016

    As Peru prepares for a change of government on July 28, the question once again poses itself as to how Peruvian elites, particularly those linked to extractive industries, maintain their dominance over policy-making in the economic sphere.

  • Las Bambas: one step forward

    19 June 2016

    On 15 June, El Peruano (the official government gazette) published an important new norm governing the difficult proceedings at Las Bambas, the potentially huge Chinese-owned copper mine in Apurímac

  • PPK walks mining tightrope

    19 June 2016

    The coming weeks and months will be crucial for Peru's future. How will the new team work on the tension between, on the one hand, reassuring mining investors, securing new projects and confirming hesitant firms already half involved, while, on the other, reassuring communities affected by mining that their interests will be taken fully into account?

  • Award for Víctor Zambrano

    19 June 2016

    The work of Víctor Zambrano from the Madre de Dios region has been given international recognition last week by winning the National Geographic Award for Leadership in Conservation.

  • 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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