NEWS

  • Dialogue in prospect at Las Bambas

    27 August 2016

    The resumption of talks concerning the development of Las Bambas is expected to take place on 7-8 September, following protracted delays and accusations by the community of bad faith on the part of the government.

  • Investigation into forced sterilisation reopened

    27 August 2016

    On 23 August, Prosecutor Luis Landa Burgos ordered the reopening of the investigation into the case against those deemed responsible for the creation of the state programme on human reproduction in the 1990s.

  • Ni una menos: not a woman less, not another death

    20 August 2016

    On Saturday 13 August, a historic rally was held in Lima, several other cities in Peru and, indeed, among Peruvian communities abroad. Some claim that as many as 500,000 people took to the streets of Lima, marching to the Palace of Justice. Even the president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was there; the city was overtaken by the sheer amount of people who came together to show their solidarity for women who have been abused and who have been refused redress in the courts.

  • Mining-led growth

    20 August 2016

    According to the National Statistics Institute last week, the Peruvian economy expanded by 4.1% in the first half year (on the same period of 2015). In the whole of 2015, growth was 3.3%.

  • Fujipardon? Not for the time being

    29 July 2016

    The possibility of Ollanta Humala signing a last-minute presidential pardon for Alberto Fujimori appeared was scotched, at least for the time being, when the outgoing president said he would not make such a move.

  • Santos walks free, for the time being

    29 July 2016

    Gregorio Santos, elected regional president of Cajamarca in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, and presidential candidate in 2016, walked free from jail on 27 July, apparently to resume the regional presidency of Cajamarca.

  • Business cabinet

    29 July 2016

    It may be of interest to readers to look at the opinion piece which Francisco Durand has written for Convoca in which he challenges the idea that the cabinet is made up of ‘independents’.

  • Forced sterilisations case shelved

    29 July 2016

    On 27 July, just before the end of the last day of the Humala administration, the long-awaited ruling over the case of forced sterilisations was announced. The public prosecutor announced that the case would be shelved (archivado).

  • Mining and its potential contribution to the SDGs

    23 July 2016

    A new report has just appeared entitled "Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas". It takes the new Sustainable Development Goals which 193 countries signed up to in September 2015, and works through each showing the potential for mining to contribute, giving a number of success stories for each goal.

  • Soldiers stand trial for rape

    18 July 2016

    Eleven army officers stand trial accused of raping 14 women from the communities of Manta and Vilca, in Huancavelica, during the period of internal armed conflict. The army officers were stationed at a base there from 1984.

  • 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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