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.
Indigenous and human rights organisations in the Peruvian Amazon have filed a formal petition to the UN to appeal for urgent action to prevent the land grab and destruction of their lands. The action comes in response to the decision by the Regional Government of Ucayali to remove protections for 3.5 million hectares of Amazon rainforest and allow for the invasion of indigenous lands.
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.
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.
The global sustainable palm oil body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has definitively rejected a formal complaint brought against one of its members, Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp S.A.A., for sourcing palm oil produced on a plantation which the RSPO itself has previously condemned.
In the first of a two-part blog series, Forest Peoples Programme staff member Miluska Elguera, who supports Kichwa indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, shares two approaches which have proven important in supporting and strengthening indigenous peoples’ defence of their territories and forests.
On the 4th of May, 2019, gunshots were fired and grenades were hurled into the midst of a community gathering in which some of the most renowned Afro-Descendant leaders from Northern Cauca, Colombia were meeting.
Amazonian Peoples Denounce Dispossession, Violence and Deforestation of Indigenous Territories at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
In the aftermath of the 18 March 2019 assassination of their leader and colleague, Sergio Rojas, the Bribri indigenous peoples of Salitre, Costa Rica have demanded that the Government execute 8 eviction orders of illegal non-indigenous occupants in their territory within 30 days – the orders were issued o
On Friday April 5 (2019), protesters lifted a 27-day peaceful blockade of the Pan American Highway in Colombia.
This recording features the words of indigenous leaders and community representatives of the Uitoto, Muinane, Nonuya and Andoque peoples of the Colombian Amazon, who share similar cultural practices and beliefs and self-identify as “People of the Centre.”
In the Peruvian Amazon, the battle between ‘sustainable’ palm oil and industrial-scale deforestation continues.
FPP and IDL call upon the Peruvian Government to Address Drivers of Criminalisation and Violence Against Indigenous Land Rights Defenders