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The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

     by Sebastián Ortega and Jhonny Valle Ayuque / openDemocracy via Intercontinental Cry Leader of the Shipibo-konibo community, Olivia Arévalo Lomas, was 81 years old when she was shot in the chest and murdered. The principal suspect, Canadian Paul Woodroffe, died a few hours later. The leader, practitioner of traditional medicine and defender of the Peruvian Amazon, Olivia … Continue reading The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

Uncontacted Tribes’ Rights Recognized in Peru’s Historic Land Pledge

Featured image: The Mashco Piro have been increasingly entering into contact with outsiders. The new reserves are intended to ensure uncontacted groups’ lands remain undisturbed. © Jean-Paul Van Belle      by Survival International Peru is to create two Amazonian reserves for the protection of uncontacted tribes , covering more than 2.5 million hectares. At least seven … Continue reading Uncontacted Tribes’ Rights Recognized in Peru’s Historic Land Pledge

Peru Passes Law Approving Amazonian “Death Roads”

Featured image: Tomas was contacted between 2001 to 2003 and now lives in the Amazon region where one of the deadliest roads has been proposed. © David Hill/Survival International      by Survival International Peru has approved a law that could devastate several uncontacted Amazon tribes. The law declares “in the national interest” the construction of roads … Continue reading Peru Passes Law Approving Amazonian “Death Roads”

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