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'Our Fight' - Defending the forest and paying the ultimate sacrifice

On 1st September 2014 Edwin Chota and three indigenous Asheninka leaders were murdered while defending their forests. Through their widows, family and friends we learn about their on going fight for land titling in Peru. This story is one of many examples of Indigenous Peoples defending the forest and paying the ultimate sacrifice, launched just ahead of COP20 in Lima.

Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous Perspectives on Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

 

The report, Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous perspectives on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon was compiled by Peru’s national indigenous peoples’ organisation (AIDESEP) and international human rights organisation, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and is based on the analysis and perspectives of Peru’s indigenous leaders and organisations whose lives, lands and livelihoods are threatened by deforestation on a daily basis.

Peru’s government fails to tackle violence and forest destruction in the Peruvian Amazon

In April 2014, in a tragic premonition of what was to come, the leaders of Saweto, an Ashaninka village in the Peruvian Amazon, requested urgent measures from the Peruvian government to ‘prevent any attempt on our lives’. The threat had come from loggers ‘in reprisal’ for the community’s longstanding efforts to document and denounce illegal logging in their territory.

Le gouvernement du Pérou ne s’attaque pas à la violence et à la destruction des forêts dans l’Amazonie péruvienne

En avril 2014, dans une prémonition tragique de ce qui allait arriver, les leaders de Saweto, un village asháninka de l’Amazonie péruvienne, ont demandé que le gouvernement péruvien prenne des mesures urgentes afin d' « empêcher toute atteinte  à nos vies ». La menace provenait des exploitants forestiers « en représailles » contre les efforts déployés depuis longtemps par la communauté pour attester et dénoncer l’exploitation forestière illégale sur son territoire.

Peru's indigenous leaders face life sentences for defending their rights

On the 14th May 2014 the trial will begin of 53 of Peru's indigenous leaders who are charged with crimes related to the tragic events at Bagua on the 5th June 2009 where over 20 people died and hundreds were injured after Peruvian forces opened fire on indigenous peoples blockading a road in peaceful protest at the efforts of the Peruvian government to dismantle legal protections for their lands.