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.
Geneva, October 2019* The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, has provided Peru's Constitutional Tribunal with an expert legal briefing
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FPP and IDL call upon the Peruvian Government to Address Drivers of Criminalisation and Violence Against Indigenous Land Rights Defenders
Lawyers representing the community from the Peruvian human rights organisation, the Institute of Legal Defence (IDL), have highlighted 4 groundbreaking aspects of the decision which could lead to major reforms affecting indigenous land rights and forest protection in the Peruvian Amazon.
Breaking news: Historic legal decision for Peru's indigenous peoples as the nation's highest court agrees to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya.
In July 2018, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, Peru, with help from FPP, launched a crowdfunding campaign to support urgently needed solutions in their fight to defend their forests and way of life from destruction by a palm oil company and land-trafficking gangs.
Leaders from the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, Peru, have reported a spike in violent threats and intimidation in the weeks following a court injunction against the palm oil company responsible for appropriating and deforesting more than 7,000 hectares of their ancestral territory.
In December 2015, the indigenous organisation FECONAU filed the first ever complaint to the RSPO about a Peruvian member.
On the 26th October 2017 the community of Santa Clara issued the following statement about the ongoing destruction of their lands for palm oil operations and their continued struggle for recognition of their land rights.
On the 7th August 2017 the Peruvian Vice Ministry of Culture issued a welcome clarification in response to a request from the Federation of native communities of Ucayali (FECONAU)
Ucayali, 5 June 2017: Indigenous Peoples call on the Regional Council and Government of Ucayali to secure indigenous land rights, stop harmful oil palm development and protect human rights defenders in Peruvian Amazon.
After appeals from indigenous organisation FECONAU in the Ucayali region the Peruvian government has recognised that the National Plan for oil palm must be consulted with Peru's indigenous peoples.
Document: Aprueban consulta previa palma aceitera (Spanish only)
26th March. The lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara in May 2016 against the Peruvian government for issuing their untitled traditional lands to a palm oil company is now heading for Peru’s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal after the court of second instance in Pucallpa ruled that the case was not admissible as a constitutional appeal or amparo.
Since 2014, the indigenous Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya with the support of FECONAU (the Federation of Native communities of Ucayali) has been challenging the operations of the palm oil company Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC (PdP), which has destroyed more than 5,000 hectares of its traditional forest lands in the Ucayali region of Peru. Recently the struggles of the community have begun to yield important victories.
The failure to resolve the underlying land tenure problems of indigenous peoples is one of the main factors behind the increasing deforestation in Peru as reported in a national deforestation study produced by FPP and AIDESEP and launched at the UN Climate talks held in Peru in 2014. Peru hands over the Presidency of the climate change talks to France in Paris this year and since 2010 has made ambitious pledges to resolve indigenous peoples’ landrights struggles as part of its commitments to protect forests and mitigate climate change in which it has pledged to reduce net deforestatio