Peru: Indigenous and human rights organisations demand that the State guarantee strict protection for indigenous peoples in isolation in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve

Peru: Indigenous and human rights organisations demand that the State guarantee strict protection for indigenous peoples in isolation in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve

In statements published in a Peruvian national newspaper and online, both AIDESEP (the national indigenous Amazonian organisation) and over 50 Peruvian and international civil society organisations, including Forest Peoples Programme, have reiterated their demand that the State establish strict measures for the protection of isolated peoples in Peru. These include those living in the Kugapakori-Nahu-Nanti Reserve (KNNR) that is threatened by the imminent and massive expansion of the Camisea gas project 'which would bring with it the extermination of these populations'. The statements were issued in response to an editorial in the El Comercio, one of Peru's most prominent newspapers and a television report that not only questioned the existence of isolated peoples but alleged that civil society efforts to defend the rights of these peoples were part of a broader effort to block development projects throughout the country.

The forthright statements reject these reports by clarifying that the KNNR is inhabited by a range of different indigenous peoples with different degrees of contact with national society but these differences had been deliberately blurred by the media reports in order to confuse the issue and claim there were no peoples living in isolation. One of the statements highlights that instead of  'blocking development' what 'we are looking for is to construct a development that is responsible, sustainable, inclusive and that respects the rights of indigenous peoples'. Both statements challenge the State to meet its obligations by implementing 'urgent measures to protect the KNNR....as well as strict measures of protection for those peoples in voluntary isolation.' 

Read national and international IPOs and NGOs statement in English or in Spanish.

Read AIDESEP's statement in English or in Spanish