In a statement published in a national newspaper, the council of AIDESEP, which represents over 1800 communities in the Peruvian Amazon called for the repeal and shelving of recent legal reforms being pushed through Peru’s parliament that threaten to further weaken indigenous peoples’ rights to land in favour of development projects.
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.
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.
El informe, Haciendo visible lo invisible: perspectivas indígenas sobre la deforestación en la Amazonía Peruana fue recopilado por la organización nacional de pueblos indígenas de Perú, AIDESEP, y una organización internacional de derechos humanos, el Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). Los resultados se basan en el análisis de las organizaciones y líderes indígenas del Perú, para quienes las vidas, tierras y medios de vida de sus pueblos se encuentran amenazados diariamente por la deforestación.
New report finds that Peruvian government is failing to address the real causes of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon while undermining indigenous peoples’ efforts to protect their forests.