Archive for August, 2012

Executive Sends Bill To Congress To Create Prison Terms For Downplaying Terrorism

Peru’s Executive has presented legislation to Congress that would send to prison individuals who publicly deny or attempt to justify the violent acts used by rebel groups in the 1980s and 1990s. The bill seeks to amend the criminal code by giving prison sentences to people who “publicly approve, justify, […]

First Prior Consultation To Be Implemented In Loreto

Indigenous groups in Peru’s northeast jungle region of Loreto will be the first communities to put into practice a new law that aims to ensure prior consultation before any infrastructure or projects are developed within their areas. The indigenous federations of communities located near the oil block 1-AB in Loreto, in the watershed […]

Police, Coca Farmers Clash Results In Two Deaths

A clash between police officers and coca growers in Peru’s eastern-jungle region left two people dead on Tuesday, Peru’s National Police said. The violence reportedly occurred when coca farmers confronted police over the government’s eradication of crops in the area.  RPP radio had originally reported that five people had been killed. […]

Peru Boosts Investment In Infrastructure In Coca-Growing Region

Peru Boosts Investment In Infrastructure In Coca-Growing Region

Peru’s government announced Tuesday that it is to invest 2.8 billion soles ($1.07 billion) in the country’s top coca growing region. The region, which covers the valleys of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, referred to strategically as the VRAEM, is home to a splinter group of the Shining Path rebels. It […]