Peru: News Updates

The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in more than half the country due to cold weather.

Most of the areas affected are in the south, where temperatures regularly drop below zero centigrade at this time of year. However, this time temperatures...

Dan Collyns
July 24, 2010

In the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, thousands of miles from the BP rig pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico, oil spills have been a fact of life for more than 30 years. In villages like San Cristobal, the indigenous Achuar people believe their maladies are caused by...

Annie Murphy
June 22, 2010

Peru passed a law establishing the right of indigenous people to prior consultation on any matter regarding the collective right to their land. This comes at a time when the number of industrial development projects are increasing in the country and threatening to displace indigenous communities...

Milagros Salazar
June 1, 2010

(Washington, DC) – Peru should conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the killing of 6 civilians during a confrontation with the police in Chala, Human Rights Watch said today.
On April 4, 2010, approximately 200 members...

April 6, 2010

 

Peru is enthusiastically espousing free trade, and has signed six tariff-lowering agreements in the space of a year. But it has not matched them with the internal policies needed to reduce their impact on labour rights, the environment, and sensitive areas like agriculture, social...

March 25, 2010

A free trade agreement between Peru and China came into force on Monday, 15 months after President Alan García and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, wrapped up talks to seal the trade deal.

The official opening of the trade pact with China comes a day after Peru finalized negotiations...

March 2, 2010

 

Among the five cases of intelligence operation cover up currently being investigated by the US House Intelligence Committee is the 2001 shoot down of a small plane in Peru, resulting in the death of a Baptist missionary from Michigan and her 7-month-old daughter. The CIA inspector...

November 10, 2009

 

Despite the repeal of Peruvian President Alan Garcia’s controversial executive decrees, it appears as though the Amazon is still very much for sale. Earlier this year, violent demonstrations erupted over Garcia’s decrees that attempted to open Peru to foreign (read: extractive)...

October 19, 2009

 

The Peruvian government has moved to protect the armed forces and police against investigations for crimes committed in the line of duty, especially in areas convulsed by social protests or where remnants of the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrillas are still active....

October 16, 2009

 

Ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has pleaded guilty to bribery and illegal phone-tapping of journalists, businessmen and opposition politicians.

Fujimori, who is already serving prison sentences for crimes including ordering killings by security forces, was in court...

September 28, 2009