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Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous Perspectives on Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

Forest Peoples Programme
4 December, 2014


The report, Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous perspectives on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon was compiled by Peru’s national indigenous peoples’ organisation (AIDESEP) and international human rights organisation, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and is based on the analysis and perspectives of Peru’s indigenous leaders and organisations whose lives, lands and livelihoods are threatened by deforestation on a daily basis.

These threats became all too real for Edwin Chota and the leaders of the Ashéninka community of Saweto in Ucayali who were murdered by logging mafia in September 2014 in reprisal for their longstanding efforts to protect their lands from illegal logging and secure title to their territory. The consistent failure of the Peruvian government to provide protection to Chota in the face of death threats and legally recognise Saweto’s lands despite years of determined advocacy mirrors an experience shared by many other indigenous communities. The report shows that the applications of at least 1174 indigenous communities for legal recognition of their lands remains pending, part of an estimated 20 million hectares of indigenous territories without any legal guarantee from the Peruvian government which it continues to overlap with mining, timber and oil and gas concessions and undermine with laws that violate Peru’s international human rights obligations.

Click here to read the report in English

Click here to read the report in Spanish (with English Summary)