Peru's supreme court accepts community case against regional government - A Legal Analysis

Aerial Santa Clara
Aerial Santa Clara

Peru's supreme court accepts community case against regional government - A Legal Analysis

On the 20th August, Peru’s highest court, the Constitutional tribunal (TC) formally admitted the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo-Conibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya against agencies of the Regional Government of Ucayali and the palm oil company Ocho Sur P SAC (formerly Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC) for the unlawful dispossession, destruction and conversion of almost 7000 hectares of their ancestral forest lands. A final resolution of the case is now expected before the end of 2018. Lawyers representing the community from the Peruvian human rights organisation, the Institute of Legal Defence (IDL), have highlighted 4 groundbreaking aspects of the decision which could lead to major reforms affecting indigenous land rights and forest protection in the Peruvian Amazon.[1]