• Defensoria welcomes IACHR verdict, deplores government inaction

    19 November 2015

    On 16 November, the Peruvian Ombudsman welcomed the verdict of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) on a case of the forced disappearance of 15 people in Santa Barbara, Ayacucho.

  • Brazil dam burst may have implications for Antamina

    19 November 2015

    The burst of two tailings dams in Brazil earlier this month led to the tragic loss of at least six lives, huge mud slips and a plume of mine waste travelling several hundred kilometres downstream. It has led BHP one of the companies involved to launch a re-think of corporate governance arrangements. This may affect its Antimina mine in Peru.

  • University law upheld

    14 November 2015

    On 11 November the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) finally upheld the Law on Universities.

  • Nadine admits notebooks were hers; stands down as candidate

    14 November 2015

    Nadine Heredia publically admitted that the notebooks with annotations about campaign expenses were hers. Heredia also made it clear that she will not be standing as a candidate in the upcoming elections.

  • Reports of turn-around on consulta previa

    14 November 2015

    Reuters news agency has been reporting an about-turn by the Peruvian government on the vexed issue of prior consultation (consulta previa) among indigenous communities in the Andes.

  • New national park, Sierra del Divisor

    14 November 2015

    Onn 8 November President Humala enacted legislation creating the huge (1.4 million hectare) Sierra del Divisor park on the borders between Ucayali and Loreto regions in the Peruvian Amazon

  • Coordinadora concerned over community expropriation

    09 November 2015

    The Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos has issued a public statement expressing concern at the most recent legislation being introduced in Peru which appears to be yet another attempt to eliminate barriers to investment at the expense of vulnerable communities.

  • Democracy and party funding: public spending authorised

    09 November 2015

    How political parties achieve the funding they need to finance electoral activity has a direct bearing on the quality of democracy wherever it is practiced. It was agreed on 5 November by Congress that parties which win representation in the legislature should be able to seek public money if they need it for specific purposes.

  • Alan Garcia and the 'narco pardons'

    09 November 2015

    On 5 November, both the New York Times and the Washington Post published articles on the more than 1,167 pardons former president Alan García issued between 2006 and 2011 to people accused of trafficking narcotics during his second tenure as president.

  • Fresh tensions over border with Chile

    09 November 2015

    There has been a flurry of diplomatic exchanges between Peru and Chile over the last week with reference to the four hectare triangle of territory on the frontier left unresolved by the Internal Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling last year on the two countries’ maritime frontier.

  • 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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