US Court OKs Extradition of ‘Butcher of the Andes’ to Peru

November 5, 2010 Ángel Páez 0
A U.S. appeals court has given the green light to the extradition to Peru of retired Peruvian army officer Telmo Hurtado, who fled to Miami in 2002 to escape trial for the Aug. 14, 1985 massacre of 69 people in the southern Andean village of Accomarca. The last step is for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to sign the extradition order.

Peruvian Government Draft Report Buries the Truth about Bagua, Resurrects Racist Stereotypes

July 14, 2010 David Hill 0

One year since the tragic events at Bagua in northern Peru, when armed police attacked indigenous Awajún and Wampis protesters, it is clear Peru’s government has no intent to change its hostile relationship with the country’s indigenous population. In a move that has provoked outrage in many quarters, President Alan Garcia recently blocked a law, voted by Congress, that would have recognized indigenous people’s right to consultation about projects affecting their land – precisely one of their demands when protesting the year before. […]

Oil Spill Devastates Amazon Region in Peru

July 7, 2010 David Hill 0

On June 19 hundreds of barrels of oil were spilled in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon, leading to calls for a ‘state of emergency’ to be declared and an appeal to the United Nations to intervene. Tragically, this is nothing new in northern Peru where oil has devastated indigenous land and lives for decades.


One Year Since the Bagua Massacre: New Actors Facing a State in Crisis in Peru

June 17, 2010 Raúl Zibechi 0
“The rainforest is not for sale,” was one of the most-repeated choruses in the marches across Peru commemorating the first anniversary of the Bagua massacre. Shortly after the repression, four of the legislative decrees that had provoked the demonstrations were revoked and, on May 19, parliament approved the Consultation Law, which dictates that locals must be consulted before any projects to exploit community resources are approved. These are two substantial victories for the movement.

Free Trade Undermining Rights in Peru

March 25, 2010 Milagros Salazar 0

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 organisations and experts say. […]

Peruvian State Protects Mining Company Instead of Citizens: Interview with Mario Tabra Guerrero

Today, while those in power wage a campaign of media disinformation to prepare the scene for the 2011 presidential elections, peasant communities of Ayabaca, Piura continue to fight multinational mining corporations. With government support, these companies continue to explore for and exploit mineral deposits, ignoring residents’ concerns about the environment and the water supply. Upside Down World interviewed anti-mining movement leader Mario Tabra Guerrero.



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Peru: Violence Targets Anti-mining Activists

December 7, 2009 Jennifer Moore 0

Over the weekend, a reported 2,000 campesinos turned out to mourn the death of two men in the remote rural province of Huancabamba where campesinos have been opposing a Chinese and UK owned mine for the last six years. The Rio Blanco project is principally owned by the Chinese Zijin Consortium together with the UK’s Monterrico Metals. […]

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