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Indigenous leaders in the Amazon face death threats as community files lawsuit against Peruvian government for violation of their land rights

Leaders of the Shipibo indigenous village of Santa Clara de Uchunya, accompanied by their representative organisation FECONAU, filed a constitutional law suit challenging Peru’s regional government authorities for failing to secure legal protection of their traditional lands and enabling its acquisition and clearance by an international agribusiness company.

La Fiscalía ambiental peruana documenta la violación de la orden de suspensión del Gobierno peruano por parte de la empresa Plantaciones de Pucallpa

Activistas indígenas bajo amenaza

Actualización urgente: Un video que registra una visita oficial a la plantación de palma aceitera de Plantaciones de Pucallpa en Ucayali por parte de fiscales y funcionarios ambientales peruanos documenta cómo la empresa ha mantenido sus operaciones agrícolas en violación de la orden de suspensión expedida por el Ministerio de Agricultura en septiembre de 2015.  

Wampis autonomous government declares a state of environmental emergency after oil spill

The Wampis autonomous government has issued a Supreme Order declaring the area affected the oil spill in the community of Mayuriaga to be in a state of environmental emergency.

According to Peru’s regulatory body of the environment OEFA, 1,000 barrels of oil spilled into the community land on 3 February 2016 when a 40-year-old pipeline owned by the state oil company Petroperú ruptured.

The spill affected 400m2 of land, and flowed into the Cashacaño river, which then flows into the river Morona.

Press release: Wampis denounce negligence of state oil company Petroperú after oil spill devastates their territory

Community demands immediate suspension of pipeline use

London, March 2nd 2016: On the 18th February 2016 the autonomous territorial government of the indigenous Wampis people (Wampis GTA) submitted a formal complaint to Peru’s regulatory body for the environment (OEFA) accusing the state oil company (Petroperú) of gross negligence for its failure to prevent and contain the oil spill in the Wampis community of Mayuriaga. As a preventative measure the Wampis GTA demand that the pumping of oil along a branch of the pipeline is suspended.