Thursday, March 3, 2011


Peru is in the midst of an unprecedented resource “rush” – 72% of the jungle has been zoned for oil development alone. And according to recent studies, in just 10 years nearly half the Peruvian rainforest–one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth–may be past the point of no return if current rates of deforestation continue. In The Real Avatar, David Suzuki sets off for the Amazon to investigate the effect this rush is having on the native peoples who call this land their home.

READ MORE: Thursday March 3 at 8 pm on CBC-TV, repeating Thursday March 10 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CERD takes action on Urgent Action requested by Awajun and Wampis Peoples

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has activated their Early Warning Measures and Urgent Action procedures in favor of the indigenous Awajun and Wampis Peoples of Peru sending an oficial letter to the Peruvian Government.

CERD is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties.

The Committee includes in its agenda preventive measures which include early-warning aimed at preventing existing situations escalating into conflicts and urgent procedures to respond to problems requiring immediate attention to prevent or limit the scale or number of serious violations of the Convention.

Despite the injustified triumphalist announce made by Dorato Resources and Mining Company Afrodita about their mining activities within indigenous territory, CERD express its deep concerns about the authorization of numerous mining concessions without the prior, consent and informed consent of indigenous people and about the fact that the conflict between indigenous communities and the Governement has escalated at an alarming rate. CERD also requests information about several indigenous Awajun claims.

For more information:

CERD's letter

Legal claims of ODECOFROC (Blog of indigenous Awajun and Wampis organization)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Press Release

The Organization for the Development of the Border Communities of El Cenepa (ODECOFROC) informs the national and international public of the attempts to transfer the Awajún and Wampís border territory in the Cordillera del Cóndor (Condor Mountain Range) to the mining concessions held by the company, Afrodita S.A.C., which is owned by the Canadian company, Dorato Resources Inc.
In light of this problem, ODECOFROC has presented its research report entitled “A Chronicle of Deception” and the video “The Amazon for Sale”, which reveal the existing interests behind the mining concession approval process, as well as the unilateral reduction of the Ichigkat Muja National Park, which original area was agreed upon with Awajún and Wampís communities, based on a broad participatory process and environmental scientific studies conducted by the government itself.
The video is available at the following web site (in English):
The book is also available at the following web site (in English):
The dissemination hereof would be greatly appreciated.
Brief summary of the facts:
The report and video argue and demonstrate that the Peruvian government acted in bad faith by modifying the original proposal to create the Ichigkat Muja National Park agreed upon with the Awajún and Wampís indigenous communities of the District of El Cenepa, Department of Amazonas, Peru. The proposal to create a protected natural area in the Cordillera del Cóndor, the traditional land of these peoples, was prepared together with the environmental authority of the Peruvian government through a long negotiation process and detailed scientific studies, with the purpose of preserving an extremely vulnerable area at the headwaters of the Cenepa River, considered to be particularly important for the indigenous populations and humanity from a cultural, biological and economic point of view.
The report also proves that the Peruvian government acted in this manner in order to benefit mining entrepreneurs, some of whom maintain strong political ties with senior government officials, in open violation of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the American Convention on Human Rights. As a result, the territory of these peoples has been threatened, and their rights, not to mention the national and international laws that protect them, have been challenged.
This situation serves as a basis for the claims made by the indigenous movement that led to massive demonstrations in 2008 and 2009, in addition to a prolonged strike, which culminated in the bloody events of Bagua (June 5, 2009), when the government violently intervened to evacuate the Awajún and Wampís contingents that had blocked a highway.