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.
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
Ginebra, Octubre de 2019*, la Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, Vicky Tauli Corpus ha enviado al Tribunal Cons
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.
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.
Indigenous Peoples in Peru have achieved a significant landmark in the fight against climate change, with the country set to launch the world’s first Indigenous Climate Platform (PCI).
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.
Acting in response to statements from the Brazilian President, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the lands of the indigenous Yanomami peoples in the Amazon basin.
Just weeks after a grenade was hurled into a community gathering on May 4 2019, Colombia’s Afro-descendant leaders have once again been threatened.
Regional authorities in Ucayali, Peru are to issue an order which will remove protections for over 100,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest, opening it up to settlers and allowing for the invasion of indigenous lands. The affected forests have previously been declared as “Permanent Production Forests” (BPP), meaning they enjoy a high degree of legal protection from deforestation.
Peru’s approach to conservation and natural resources is discriminatory and violates the human rights of indigenous peoples. Rather than marginalising these peoples, who have a long and varied history of conservation, conservation actors must recognise their enormous contribution to Peru’s natural heritage, and ally themselves with these communities against the true enemies of nature.
El enfoque nacional sobre la conservación y los recursos naturales en el Perú es discriminatorio y violatorio de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas. En vez de marginar a este grupo, con la más larga y amplia historia de conservación, los actores de conservación necesitan aliarse con ellos, contra los verdaderos enemigos de la naturaleza.
Indigenous communities very often face territorial threats which call for an agile response to avoid them escalating. In this second post of a two-part series, Miluska Elguera, who works alongside Kichwa communities in San Martin, Peru, shares how an innovative Early Response Fund mechanism is supporting grassroots responses to territorial conflicts.