On 14 February, residents and leaders of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta were targeted by a new armed actor defacing the walls of community buildings, and outlining threats in pamphlets under household doors.
El día 14 de febrero, los residentes y líderes del Resguardo Indígena de Origen Colonial Cañamomo Lomaprieta en Ríosucio y Supía, Caldas, Colombia, fueron atacados por un nuevo actor armado que dañó los muros de los edificios comunitarios, y repartió panfletos con amenazas por debajo de las puertas de los hogares.
In a milestone for the defence of indigenous territories and forests in the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Government of Ucayali (GOREU) has repealed a regional ordinance which sought to remove protections for more than 3.5 million hectares of rainforest and facilitate the invasion of indigenous lands.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, has concluded his visit to Peru stating he is “appalled” by the criminalisation of environmental defenders.
Wampis and Awajun communities devastated by oil contamination demand justice as State-run oil company Petroperu is found responsible, and hit with historic US$ 5.1 million fine by environmental regulator.
In June 2014, an oil spill occurred along the Northern Peru pipeline. Over five years later and following a lengthy court battle, the indigenous communities most gravely impacted by this disaster have managed to secure approval and financing for an unprecedented health action plan.
On 4 October 2019, 23 community leaders from Colombia and Peru arrived in the village of Soledad on the foothills of the Kampankis Mountain range in the heart of the territory of the Wampis Nation in northern Peru.
On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
In 2018, Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice declared under judgement STC 4360 that the Amazon Rainforest is a subject with rights that need to be respected. It ordered that the state must take measures at the local and national levels to protect these rights, defend the forest and combat climate change.
En el año 2018, la Corte Suprema de Justicia declaró en virtud de la sentencia STC 4360 al bosque tropical del Amazonas como un “sujeto de derechos”, y que dichos derechos deben ser respetados.
The UN has requested that the Regional Government of Ucayali cancel its plans to remove protections for a 3.5 million hectare area of Amazon rainforest. This would facilitate the invasion of indigenous Shipibo lands in Peru, and expose at least 100,000 hectares to immediate threat from settlers and agribusiness operations.
La ONU ha pedido al Gobierno Regional de Ucayali la derogación de una ordenanza que iniciaría la remoción de protecciones sobre un área de 3.5 millones de hectáreas de la Amazonía y facilitaría la invasión de territorios indígenas. Eso expone a por lo menos 100,000 hectáreas a amenazas inmediatas de colonización y operaciones de agro-negocios.
In September 2019, our partner in Guyana, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), published a report on the land tenure situation of 20 indigenous communities in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region.
1 October 2019 saw a historic moment in Suriname. Two draft laws were submitted to the Minister of Regional Development: a proposal for a Collective Rights Act for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname (including land rights), and a proposal for an amendment of the constitution.
On Wednesday 25 September, Peru’s Constitutional Tribunal will hold a hearing with implications for the future of the Amazon rainforest, indigenous peoples’ rights, and the fight against climate change.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
La situación de violencia, discriminación y discursos de odio contra indígenas, afrodescendientes y campesinos socios del Forest Peoples Programme en Colombia ha empeorado drásticamente en los últimos meses, a pesar de los Acuerdos de Paz de 2016 que le valieron al entonces presidente Santos el Premio Nobel de la Paz.
In light of the forest fires in Brazil, Forest Peoples Programme and others ask the EU to urgently address complicity in current deforestation crisis and instruct the European Commission to work on EU regulation to end deforestation.
In Suriname, South America, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples (9 August) is traditionally celebrated in the palm garden in the capital, Paramaribo. People from all tribes gather here, and sell their foods and handicrafts.