During 25-26 December 2018, the Bribri People were subjected to more violence and threats in their indigenous territory of Salitre, by a group of non-indigenous individuals armed with machetes and guns. To date, the State has not detained any of the perpetrators.
Clear improvements can be seen in the final text, but much still remains to be done before future FLEGT licenced timber can guarantee that indigenous peoples’ rights are fully protected.
For the Wampis Nation in the Peruvian Amazon, protecting their territory and living well go hand in hand with reclaiming and strengthening their own ancestral knowledge, wisdom, practices and customs.
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On November 7, partial justice was achieved in the case of the assassination April 7, 2015 of Fernando Salazar Calvo, Indigenous leader of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta, Caldas, Colombia: a judge sentenced two men to terms of between 20 and 40 years of jail for carrying out the assassination and carrying weapons illegally, yet the intellectual author who ordered the killing remains at large, and the investigation continues.
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.
In the past month, Brazil's first indigenous woman was voted to Congress while the nation’s newly elected President is expected to pursue assimilation policies toward indigenous peoples and seek an end to demarcations of their lands and protections to the environment.
Communities in the Bajo Huallaga area of the Peruvian Amazon declared an “environmental and territorial emergency” on 16 September this year following serious and ongoing impacts on their natural resources, territories and inhabitants caused by land grabs and deforestation of their lands by loggers and palm oil companies.
On 25-26 September 2018 Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendant communities and human rights defenders from Peru and Colombia met in a binational workshop in Cauca (Colombia) with FPP and allies, including the Legal Defense Institute of Peru.
In a high level meeting on 12th September, representatives of the regional government of San Martin agreed to abandon their attempts to suspend the titling of indigenous communities in the vicinity of the Cordillera Escalera Protected area (ACR-CE), a threat made by the government in response to a landmark law suit filed in August 2017.
Breaking news: Historic legal decision for Peru's indigenous peoples as the nation's highest court agrees to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya.
A coalition of over a dozen rural and indigenous communities, in the San Martin and Loreto regions of the Peruvian Amazon, has issued an open letter
Awajún and Wampis peoples win historic legal victory as Peruvian court orders the suspension of all oil and gas activities in Block 116 for failure to consult them and secure their consent.
The Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis nation in Peru has issued a statement rejecting the efforts of Chilean energy company Geopark to misrepresent the position of the Wampis people in regards to the exploitation of resources from Oil block 64.
In mid-July, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, with help from FPP, launched a crowdfunder to support urgently needed solutions in their fight to defend their forests and way of life from destruction by a palm oil company and land-trafficking gangs.
Colombian Afro-descendant activist Clemencia Carabalí Rodellaga has worked tirelessly towards ensuring the rights of her people are respected, and especially the rights of women and girls.
Two Wampis indigenous communities in northeast Peru are seeing the environmental damage on their lands remedied following years of oil contamination in their territory.
On the eve of its address to the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (OTFF), Peru’s national indigenous organisation AIDESEP has launched a joint report with the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) which highlights the Peruvian government’s ongoing failure to meet its progressive commitments to recognise indigenous peoples’ land rights.