Peru

Peru legislation enables disproportionate use of force by police

On 15th March 2020, Peru’s government issued a decree declaring a state of emergency on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decree suspended individual constitutional rights, including rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of movement, and the requirement that the government must have a warrant before conducting arrests. Read more

Peru legislation enables disproportionate use of force by police

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

On 10th and 11th February 2020, members of Peru’s Awajun and Wampis communities protested outside the main offices of the Amazonas regional government to denounce alleged action by the government to enable mining in their territories. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

Peru’s institutions in turmoil after Congress dissolution

On 30th September 2019, President Martín Vizcarra dissolved Congress, Peru’s parliament, plunging Peru into a constitutional crisis. Vizcarra’s move came after the opposition-controlled Congress begn voting on new magistrates for the country’s Constitutional Court, bypassing a government proposal to reform rules for the Court’s election procedure. In a televised address, Vizcarra argued that the drastic measure was a last resort to force parliamentary elections, which have been repeatedly blocked by the legislature.

This update also covers a number of developments, including the violent repression of protests against copper mine Tía María, the detention of key union leaders during a miners protest and the proposal of a punitive defamation law. Read more

Peru’s institutions in turmoil after Congress dissolution

Las Bambas mine blockade lasts 60 days and ends in arrest of leaders

From 2nd February 2019 until 10th April 2019, members of the Fuerabamba indigenous community blocked the route through which copper is transported from a Chinese-owned mine at Las Bambas to the nearest port. Fuerabamba, a Quechua-speaking community that farmed and herded animals in the Apurímac region, was relocated to a new town near Las Bambas in 2007 so that the copper mine could be built. Read more

Las Bambas mine blockade lasts 60 days and ends in arrest of leaders

Constitutional Court decision regarding state advertising welcomed by CSOs

On 11th September 2018, the Peruvian Constitutional Court issued a decision where it declared unconstitutional a law that prohibited the State from contracting state advertising with private media. Read more

Constitutional Court decision regarding state advertising welcomed by CSOs

Investigative journalists harassed by authorities after publishing a report about corruption

Since 7th July 2018, investigative journalism site IDL-Reporteros began to publish a series of articles revealing alleged acts of corruption in the Peruvian judicial system which prompted a series of visits by the prosecutor office requesting their sources. Read more

 Investigative journalists harassed by authorities after publishing a report about  corruption

Indigenous rights defenders in Peru at grave risk due to interests in community lands

As in other countries in Latin America, the number of rights defenders killed has increased in Perú. Plataforma Europa Perú (Europe Peru Platform) has expressed serious concern over the risk defenders are facing, noting that a comprehensive legal framework to protect human right defenders is lacking in the country. Read more

Indigenous rights defenders in Peru at grave risk due to interests in community lands

Civil society raises alarm over incidents of intimidation of environmental rights defenders

CSOs issued an urgent appeal due to the hostile environment defenders are facing in the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve. Read more

Civil society raises alarm over incidents of intimidation of environmental rights defenders

Thousands of Peruvians protest former President Fujimori's pardon

Mass protests started after Peru's president granted a pardon to former President Fujimori. Read more

Thousands of Peruvians protest former President Fujimori's pardon

Indigenous communities demonstrate in defense of their land

In different areas of Peru, indigenous communities are protesting to demand the government recognition of their rights to their land. Read more

Indigenous communities demonstrate in defense of their land