NEWS

  • POLITICS: Humala down, but not quite out; Local elections: some candidates barred, others not

    31 August 2014

    July ended with a clash between the executive and the legislature over the ruling Gana Perú’s attempt to appoint one of its own – Ana Solórzano – as the president of Congress for the forthcoming legislature. August ended with an even greater row over the ratification of a new prime minister, Ana Jara, and her cabinet, and the possibility of votes of censure against key ministers.

    The most outstanding issue in the current elections are the proliferation of candidates supported by hastily devised political groups and the fact that some are being prevented from running either for lying in their CVs or being financed by illicit groups.

  • POLITICS: Narco-candidates

    31 August 2014

    Many candidates are being accused of being financed by the drug trade. On August 12, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti handed the JNE a list of 124 candidates with supposed links to the drug trade.

  • EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Conga - new developments.

    31 August 2014

    The battle over the Yanacocha mining company's proposed opencast mine, known as Conga, has been non-stop since 2011. Two important events have occurred this month. In the first week of August a provincial judge found against the family of Maxima Chaupe, ordering them to hand over their 75-acre farm to the company. Secondly, last week, Vásquez was able to announce, amid much expectation, that the hearing by the Constitutional Tribunal would be held on 27 September at 9.30 am in Lima.

  • EXTRACTIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Grupo Peru COP20 speaks out; Companies push to remove tax that funds regulation costs

    31 August 2014

    The United Nations 20th session of the 'Conference of the Parties' (COP) is due to meet in Lima 1-12 December 2014. Peruvian civil society organisations from a wide range of groups are preparing to make their voices heard in an 'alternative COP'.

    That the cost of oversight of environmentally-sensitive operations of mining companies is a reasonable charge on companies in the sector commands widespread acceptance among those involved. But the level of the tax to fund it is anything but agreed.

  • SOCIETY: Indigenous women and climate change

    31 July 2014

    At an international forum on community and land resource rights in Lima on 16 July, indigenous women from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered to call for the inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives and their direct participation

  • MINING: Monterrico revisited?

    31 July 2014

    Since the purchase of Rio Blanco by Zijin, the project has developed only slowly, beset by political difficulties at the local level. However, the mining resources identified by Monterrico were not all sold to Zijing.

  • POLITICS: Yet another PM; The President's speech; Santos behind bars

    31 July 2014

    As Peru prepared for the July 28 national holiday, President Humala announced the dismissal of René Cornejo as president of the Council of Ministers and his replacement by Ana Jara.

    In his annual message to Congress on July 28, Humala gave few surprises though hespoke of his “priority agenda”.

    Gregorio Santos, a vigorous opponent of the Conga gold project (suspended since 2011), is to be detained for 14 months while charges are prepared against him.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: Front Line Defenders issue stinging report; Families recall La Cantuta killings; Law 30151 - License to kill

    31 July 2014

    The extent to which the pressure to develop extractives is leading to human rights abuses is demonstrated in a new report from Front Line Defenders.

    As Peruvians celebrated in July’s anniversary of national independence, the families and friends of the nine students and a professor from Universidad Nacional Enrique Guzmán Valle (La Cantuta) who disappeared on 18 July 1992 also remember this month.

    Law 30151, which was originally approved by Congress in June last year, provides for police and military officials to be “exempt from criminal responsibility” if they cause death or injure while on duty.

  • ECONOMY: Growth, Extractives investment, Coca production

    28 June 2014

    In common with most other Latin American countries, growth rates are dwindling in Peru. The government's reaction to the slowdown in the growth of the economy has been to propose a package of reforms to facilitate investment in extractives.

    Annual figures produced by the UNODC (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) suggest that there was a substantial (17.5%) decrease in the number of hectares planted with coca in 2013.

  • POLITICS: New Cabinet appointments, Lima mayor elections, Santos arrested

    28 June 2014

    On June 23 three new cabinet members were sworn in: José Gallardo, minister of transport and communications; Gonzalo Gutiérez, minister of foreign affairs; Daniel Urresti, minister of the interior.

    July 7 is the last date by which candidates for regional presidents and mayors must present themselves. There are a growing number of aspirants to the mayoralty of Lima, by far the biggest prize in the October electoral contests.

    On June 25, Gregorio Santos, the regional president of Cajamarca, was arrested and jailed on corruption charges.

  • 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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