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Indigenous Peoples Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent: The Peruvian case

The vital need to engage in concerted action now to implement the indigenous right of free, prior and informed consent.

Servindi, 26 May, 2015.- “It is an unpostponable, historic necessity to convene concerted activities to promote the implementation of the right to free, prior and informed consent”, asserts  Mónica Yriart, an attorney who specializes in constitutional law, human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. Seguir leyendo…

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Peru: When the president of Congress was an “anti-mining terrorist”


Photo: Elbuho.pe

The current president of Congress, Ana Maria Solorzano, took part in the protests against the Tia Maria project in 2011, while she was the first candidate for congresswoman of the Nationalist Party in Arequipa. Seguir leyendo…

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Why is Tía María a failure? Six key flaws


Clashes in Islay against the Tia Maria project. Photo: Ideele reporteros

In the Tia Maria conflict, in Peru’s Arequipa region, the dialogue has failed or does not exist because of six essential reasons that, objectively and impartially, I try to summarize.

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Natural rockface or tribal sculpture? Peru and Hunt Oil don’t care


The ‘Harakbut Face’ in the south-east Peruvian Amazon. Photo: Paul Redman

The recent “rediscovery” of the “Harakbut Face” in the Amazon raises fears about gas exploration. Seguir leyendo…

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Peru’s mega-dam projects threaten Amazon River source and ecosystem collapse


The Marañón River in Peru where the government is proposing more than 20 dams on the main trunk.’.
Photo credit: David Hill

By David Hill

Mongabay, April 28, 2015.- Peru is planning a series of huge hydroelectric dams on the 1,700-kilometer (1,056-mile) Marañón River, which begins in the Peruvian Andes and is the main source of the Amazon River. Critics say the mega-dam projects could destroy the currently free-flowing Marañón, resulting in what Peruvian engineer Jose Serra Vega calls its “biological death.” Seguir leyendo…

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Peru: An “anti-mining terrorist” in the making

Diario Correo fake article and photo published and later removed.

The Diario Correo newspaper, owned by El Comercio Group, colludes with police ruse to manufacture fraudulent news and delegitimize environmental protests in Islay, Arequipa. Seguir leyendo…

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Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon?

- NGOs allege illegal deforestation of primary rainforest to plant cacao and oil palm.

By David Hill*

Cattle-ranching, logging, mining, highways, hydroelectric dam projects, oil and gas, soy, oil palm. . . These are what first come to mind to many people when thinking about how the Amazon is being destroyed, but what about chocolate too? Seguir leyendo…

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Indigenous and civil society organizations file constitutional claim against Law 30230


Alliance is confronting pro investor “legislative combos”. Photo: Servindi.

Initiative is backed by more than 10,000 signatures.

Servindi, 14 April, 2015. In an unprecedented move, supported by more than 10,000 signatures, indigenous and human rights organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Law 30230, also known as “anti-environmental pack” (“paquetazo antiambiental”). Seguir leyendo…

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Yexwase Yet: A symbol of hope amidst environmental degradation


A view of the 10,030 Hectares of land recovered by the Enxet Sur Indigenous community. Photo: Fionuala Cregan.

- Enxet Sur Indigenous community recovers a portion of its ancestral territory in Paraguay.

By Fionuala Cregan

Intercontinentalcry.Org, April 4, 2015.- Agripina Fernández berates us for only coming to visit her community Yexwase Yet for a few hours. “It would take us at least two days to tell you everything we have been through,” she says, her face emanating the quiet but unwavering determination characteristic of the Enxet Sur Indigenous Peoples of Paraguay. Seguir leyendo…

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Justice still being sought for murders of Peruvian forest campaigners

Ashéninka Indian women and girls in the hamlet of Saweto, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP

Six months on, the killing of four indigenous campaigners has yet to result in an end to illegal logging around the vilage of Alto Tamaya-Saweto. Seguir leyendo…

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