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Peru’s government announces ‘zero tolerance’ on kidnappings

Since Peruvian president Alan Garcia and his ministerial cabinet took office in July 2006, three expressions have quickly become fashionable, at least according to my observation: austerity, commission, and “zero tolerance” – although creating a congressional commission for any hot topic or scandal imaginable has always been a major part in Peruvian politics. After minister […]

Peru’s defense minister denies installation of U.S. military base

Peru’s defense minister Allan Wagner denied rumors that a U.S. military base will soon be installed in Peruvian territory, saying the subject was never discussed during his last visit to Washington. “I strongly deny that the installation of a U.S. military base in Peru is on our agenda. That is just not true”, he declared […]

Peru’s Garcia threatens to ‘bomb’ illegal coca cultivation

Peruvian president Alan Garcia said on Monday that his government will neither surrender nor yield to blackmail in its fight against the illegal expansion of coca cultivation and drug trafficking, and ordered “to bomb and machine-gun” maceration pits and clandestine airports used to transport cocaine. During the inauguration of 2nd Inter-American Forum for Security and […]

On the Margins: the Struggle for Land and Water in Peru’s Pueblos Jovenes

During Peru’s 2006 elections, a giant billboard of presidential candidate Alan Garcia towered over the La Marina Avenue in Arequipa, promising “potable water for all”. The residents of Villa Ecologica would be most pleased to see that particular election promise kept. In one of the newest and poorest of the pueblos jovenes on the city […]

IACHR urges Peruvian government to protect Indian tribes

(official press release by Survival International London, UK) The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has urged the Peruvian government to protect some of the world’s last uncontacted Indian tribes. Little is known about the tribes except for their obvious desire to have no contact with the outside world. One of the tribes is known […]

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