The Amazon

Ethnic cleansing on Peru’s jungle border

Highly vulnerable "uncontacted" indigenous bands who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region told neighboring tribes that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru.

The Andes

Cuzco: unrest over water mega-diversion

National Police clashed with villagers at Espinar province in Cuzco, as residents declared a "war footing" to halt construction of the Majes Siguas II irrigation mega-project.

The Andes

Peru: student protests rock Cuzco

Riot police clashed with student protesters in Cuzco opposing a proposed education law they call a step towards privatizion of Peru’s national university system.

The Andes
Khader'sland

Jamil Khader’s denuded land

Peru's top public prosecutor Luis Landa Burgos ordered that new charges be brought against ex-dictator Alberto Fujimori over the forcible sterilization of thousands of indigenous and peasant women during his time in power in the 1990s. Three of his former ministers are also to face charges, as well as his ex-health director. Landa said he has an archive of testimony from survivors including Inés Condori, an indigenous woman from Cuzco region who was the first to speak out about the forced sterilization she underwent in 1995. Fujimori, already convicted on other rights abuses and corruption charges, was released from prison following a presidential pardon in December. Landa is now evaluating the legality of the pardon in light of new criminal charges that have been brought. (Photo of sterilization survivors in community meeting from La República via CNDH)