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The Huffington Post: Peru Set to Ignore UN Plea to Suspend Amazon Gas Expansion

Source: The Huffington Post

On 1 March this year the United Nations' Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) wrote to the Peruvian government urging it to "immediately suspend" the expansion of the country's biggest hydrocarbons development.

The Camisea gas project, as it is known, is superimposed over a supposedly "intangible" reserve established to protect the land, rights and lives of indigenous peoples living in "voluntary isolation" and "initial contact" who could be decimated by any kind of contact.

Mongabay: Over 30 tons of explosives to be detonated in Manu National Park buffer zone

Source: Mongabay

A consortium of gas companies headed by Pluspetrol and including Hunt Oil plans on detonating approximately 38 tons of explosives in the south-east Peruvian Amazon in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

The detonations are part of 2D and 3D seismic tests planned by Pluspetrol in its search for new gas deposits in the Camisea region—plans that are currently pending approval by Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

Indigenous organisations in the Peruvian Amazon denounce intentions of parliamentary commission to promote highway cutting through protected areas and indigenous territories

Indigenous organisations of the Purus province including ORAU, FECONAPU and ECOPURUS have denounced the intentions of some members of the Indigenous peoples' parliamentary commission to endorse a proposed law that would render the construction of a major highway cutting through the Purus region as a 'public necessity'. If endorsed by the commission, the law could then be considered for approval by the Peruvian parliament.

Request for Consideration of the Situation of the Indigenous Peoples living in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact in the Kugapakori Nahua Nanti Reserve in Peru under the UN CERD's Urgent Action and Early Warning Procedures. 25 January 2013

Indigenous peoples' organisations in Peru have appealed to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CERD), a UN human rights body, to prevent the expansion of the Camisea gas project within the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve because it could lead to the extermination of peoples living in isolation.

Solicitud de consideración de la situación de los Pueblos Indígenas que viven en Aislamiento Voluntario y Contacto Inicial en La Reserva Kugapakori Nahua Nanti en Perú bajo el procedimiento de Alerta Temprana y Acción Urgente del CERD, enero 2013

Organizaciones indígenas del Perú piden la intervención de la CERD, un entidad de derechos humanos de la ONU, para impedir la ampliación del Proyecto Camisea dentro la Reserva Territorial Kugapakori Nahua Nanti porque implicaría el exterminio de los pueblos en aislamiento.