Articles

  • Elections: deadline for alliances passes

    13 December 2015

    The deadline for alliances between parties passed at midnight on 12 December in advance of the presidential elections next 10 April. The deadline produced a number of last-minute political deals.

  • Forced sterilisations take centre stage

    13 December 2015

    To coincide with Human Rights Day on 10 December, several organisations of women affected by forced sterilisation during the Fujimori regime came to Lima for a two-day event designed to highlight their plight.

  • Judicial reform: the task ahead

    13 December 2015

    The presidential candidates who lined up last week to unveil their programmes at CADE underlined the need for a through-going judicial reform. They were less forthcoming about how this is to be achieved.

  • CADE showcases candidates, proposals

    5 December 2015

    With the leading party leaders sharing much the same basic right-of-centre ideologies, their presidential candidates were at pains to try to distinguish themselves at CADE. The event marks the real beginning of presidential campaigning.

  • García and the Canon Comunitaria

    5 December 2015

    Maritza Paredes of Lima’s Catholic University (PUCP) takes issue with the proposal, recently made by Alan García, to introduce a ‘canon comunitaria’ by which communities in the immediate vicinity of extractive industries would receive a share of their profits.

  • Front five face the starting gun

    30 November 2015

    Although campaigning for the April 2016 presidential campaign began some time ago, the annual meeting of executives (CADE), held this week, is when the main candidates will line up to present their party programmes; as such it is seen as the official opening of the campaign season.

  • Congressional report focuses on drug impacts on politics

    19 November 2015

    The congressional report into the influence of drug trafficking on politics was published this week. The commission points to the way in which two political parties that are contending the forthcoming elections, have at various points been tainted by ties to drug trafficking.

  • Malecon extravaganza

    14 November 2015

    If politics and mining have exhausted you, then this is for you!

  • Acuña up, García down

    14 November 2015

    César Acuña has displaced Alan García as number three in a number of opinion polls.

  • Alberto Fujimori pitches into presidential campaign

    14 November 2015

    Keiko Fujimori repeats the message that it is she who is running for office and not her father, but events this week have shown that she is still very much under his shadow and that he and his entourage still play an important role within her political organisation.

  • 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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