Historic victory for Peru's indigenous Wampis and Awajun peoples

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Historic victory for Peru's indigenous Wampis and Awajun peoples

The Fourth Constitutional Court of Lima has declared for the Wampis and Awajun peoples over land being explored for oil.

The indigenous organisations ODECOFROC and CEPPAW complained that the explorations on the land - called Lot 116 - in the department of Amazonas in northern Peru, were going ahead without consultation with the local communities. The court has now found in favour of the communities, and the licence allowing the exploration has been declared void. The companies carrying out the exploration have been ordered to withdraw and carry out no activities until consultation with the communities who live on the land has been carried out.

It furthermore ordered that not only must consultation been carried out, but consent from the affected communities be obtained before any work is resumed.