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Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

Featured image: Aymara people outside the courthouse in Puno on June 28, 2017, during final hearings of the trial.  Walter Aduviri was sentenced to seven years for protesting against a Canadian mining project.      by  Sian Cowman and Aldo Orellana López / Intercontinental Cry This past month, eighteen Aymara community leaders endured the final stages of a trial … Continue reading Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

The Wampís Nation Responds to Attacks by Illegal Miners in Puerto Galilea

     by Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampís Nation / via Intercontinental Cry Translated by Daniel Dayley After more than half a year from the commitment of the national authorities to execute a third interdiction operation at the illegal mining site established in the Pastacillo stream basin, tributary of the Santiago and Marañón River, in the Amazon region … Continue reading The Wampís Nation Responds to Attacks by Illegal Miners in Puerto Galilea

Oil Company Pulls out of Uncontacted Tribes’ Land

Featured image: Salomon Dunu, a Matsés man who survived the trauma of first contact, speaks to a Survival campaigner about the threat of oil exploration to his people.  © Survival International      by Survival International A Canadian oil company has told Survival International it will withdraw from the territory of several uncontacted tribes in … Continue reading Oil Company Pulls out of Uncontacted Tribes’ Land

Organizations Denounce Peru’s Failure to Protect Uncontacted Tribes

Featured image: The Matsés have denounced oil exploration in the proposed Yavarí Tapiche reserve, which is part of their ancestral lands. © Survival International      by Survival International In an open letter to the Peruvian authorities, Survival International, Rainforest Foundation Norway and Peruvian indigenous organization ORPIO have denounced the Peruvian government’s failure to protect … Continue reading Organizations Denounce Peru’s Failure to Protect Uncontacted Tribes

Peru: Last female speaker of indigenous Amazonian language murdered

Featured image: Rosa Andrade was the last female speaker of the Resígaro language. © Alberto Chirif      by Survival International The last female speaker of the Resígaro language has been murdered in Peru. Her body was found decapitated at her home in the Amazon rainforest. Rosa Andrade, 67, lived with the Ocaina tribe. Her … Continue reading Peru: Last female speaker of indigenous Amazonian language murdered

Peru: Priest’s notorious “Death Road” to cut uncontacted tribes in two

Featured image: The Amazon Uncontacted Frontier, a large area on the Peru-Brazil border that is home to the largest concentration of uncontacted tribes in the world. © Survival International      By Survival International A new “death road” advocated by a notorious Italian priest is set to cut in two the land of several uncontacted … Continue reading Peru: Priest’s notorious “Death Road” to cut uncontacted tribes in two

Peru: National park plan to open up uncontacted tribe’s land to Big Oil

Featured image: Many contacted Matsés have expressed opposition to any efforts to contact their uncontacted neighbors, or to explore for oil in their territory. © Survival International      by Survival International Survival International has learned that the Peruvian government is developing a “Master Plan” for a new national park that could pave the way … Continue reading Peru: National park plan to open up uncontacted tribe’s land to Big Oil

Resisting Pipelines from Standing Rock to Bagua

Resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock has gained unprecedented coverage. At the center of the story is a thousand-plus miles long pipeline that would transport some 500,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline is backed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. And It faces a huge line of Indigenous nations who’ve come together to say “No." ... Continue reading →

UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Featured Image: Gold miners have been invading Yanomami land for decades. © Fiona Watson/Survival International By Survival International Mercury poisoning is devastating tribal peoples across Amazonia, Survival International warned the U.N today. In a letter to the U.N Special Rapporteur for Health, Survival International highlighted the failure of South American governments to address the contamination. The unmonitored … Continue reading UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Peru: Mercury poisoning “epidemic” sweeps tribe

Featured image:  A huge proportion of the Nahua tribe have been affected by the poisoning, which causes anemia and acute kidney problems © Johan Wildhagen By Survival International Up to 80% of a recently-contacted tribe in Peru have been poisoned with mercury, raising serious concerns for the future of the tribe. One child has already died … Continue reading Peru: Mercury poisoning “epidemic” sweeps tribe