In a milestone for the defence of indigenous territories and forests in the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Government of Ucayali (GOREU) has repealed a regional ordinance which sought to remove protections for more than 3.5 million hectares of rainforest and facilitate the invasion of indigenous lands.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, has concluded his visit to Peru stating he is “appalled” by the criminalisation of environmental defenders.
On 23 June, and no doubt in response to the growing challenges to their operations in Ucayali from the Peruvian government, Peruvian civil society and affected communities, the Melka group decided to put their properties up for sale in a public auction.
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.
The indigenous community of Santa Clara de Uchunya are facing the devastation of their ancestral forests and rivers due to the expansion of a palm oil plantation operated by Plantaciones de Pucallpa S.A.C., a member of the RSPO