AIDESEP petition UN to address mercury contamination amongst Nahua people in Peru and potential association with Camisea gas project

Map of contaminated area
Map of contaminated area

AIDESEP petition UN to address mercury contamination amongst Nahua people in Peru and potential association with Camisea gas project

On the 21 June, AIDESEP, Peru’s national indigenous organisation, alongside the Institute of Legal Defense (IDL) submitted a formal request to UN human rights rapporteurs urging them to intervene with the Peruvian government to ensure effective measures are taken to address the elevated levels of mercury identified amongst Nahua individuals.  

The Nahua currently occupy a territorial reserve for isolated indigenous peoples in south east Peru. Mercury contamination was detected for the first time in November 2014. However, since then, the Peruvian government has failed to address the contamination effectively and to identify all possible causes, including any potential relationship with the Camisea natural gas project which operates within the reserve.  

The letter sent by AIDESEP and IDL to the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples can be read here (Spanish only).

AIDESEP article here.