• A year of environmental policy: little to celebrate

    05 August 2017

    To mark President Kuczynski’s first year in office, the influential NGO, Cooperacción, looks back at a year of environmental policy-making and finds few reasons to celebrate. The core of the government’s approach to stimulating mining investment appears to be the reduction of standards and controls.

  • Water shock ahead

    05 August 2017

    One of the main promises made by President Kuczynski on taking office was to ensure that all Peruvians, no matter what their circumstances, would have access to mains water and sewerage by 2021: ‘water’ would be the headline achievement of his administration. As his second year dawns, the promise is being dusted down having been largely ignored over the previous twelve months.

  • National mineworkers' strike mediated

    05 August 2017

    The member unions of the National Federation of Mining Workers initiated their long-heralded national strike on 19 July. After three days, the labour minister and the Federation agreed on a special commission to analyse the unions’ concerns. Miners have accordingly returned to work.

  • New ambassador to London

    05 August 2017

    Susana de la Puente is to be the new Peruvian ambassador to London. She was a keen supporter of President Kuczynski in last year’s presidential election.

  • Measures to tackle illegal gold mining, human slavery and environmental damage

    16 July 2017

    A massive police operation took place over four days, 3-6 July, against illegal gold mining in the national reserve of Tambopata, Madre de Dios. It is the largest such operation yet undertaken by this government. Three camps were the central target.

  • UN wants Peru to pause Block 192 contract renewal

    16 July 2017

    The UN special rapporteur on toxic waste and the rapporteur on indigenous peoples, issued a joint press release on 13 July, requesting the Peruvian government to refrain from further negotiations with potential bidders for the contract to exploit Block 192 in the Amazon jungle.

  • Sibling rivalry among the Fujimorists muddies the political waters

    10 July 2017

    The rift between Keiko and Kenji Fujimori has continued to widen. The issue that has divided the two most is that of their father, Alberto Fujimori. Two months ago, Keiko blocked an initiative in Congress that might have led to the liberation of the former president. Kenji is now trying to engineer a deal with the government by which his father would receive a presidential pardon.

  • Las Malvinas fire: a case of modern-day slavery

    01 July 2017

    The devastating fire at Las Malvinas in Lima on 22 June showcased the terrible labour practises that led to the death of three young men. It brought to light the general lack of attention paid to working conditions by both national and municipal authorities.

  • Community leaders still facing criminal charges for 2011 Santa Ana protest

    01 July 2017

    The Human Rights NGO DHUMA, based in Puno, is drawing attention this week to the six years since the cancellation of Bear Creek’s concession to develop the Santa Ana open-pit silver mine in Chucuito province, Puno. The cancellation was a response to widespread community protests.

  • UK visit by Esperanza Huayama

    01 July 2017

    On 19 June, Esperanza Huayama arrived in London. She is a human rights defender and president of the association of forcibly sterilised women in the province of Huancabamba (Piura). She is also vice-president of the national association. Documentary maker Ines Ruiz accompanied her. On 21 June, they presented a documentary on forced sterilisation, as well as the Quipu project.

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • 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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