Peru: Congress repeals controversial Amazon laws

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Published on Survival International, 22 June 2009.

The Peruvian Congress has voted to repeal two controversial Amazonian laws after protests that led to the death of an unknown number of policemen and indigenous people …

… Peru’s president, Alan Garcia, admitted that the laws were passed without consulting the Amazon’s indigenous inhabitants and that a ‘succession of errors’ was made in the government’s handling of the protests.

The government’s official figure is that 24 policemen and 10 indigenous people were killed during the protests, but those figures are disputed by local sources. According to reports, the mayor of local town Bagua has said that up to sixty indigenous people are still missing.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, has issued a call for an independent investigation into the violence … (full text).

Links:

Peru Indians hail ‘historic’ day, June 19, 2009.

Eyewitness account of killings published, June 19, 2009.

Post-killings, Peru clamps down on NGOs, June 17, 2009.

Peru protest roundup, June 15, 2009.

Peruvian indigenous leader seeks asylum in Nicaragua’s embassy, June 9, 2009.

UNPFII: UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES,
Adopted by the General Assembly 13 September 2007 (in many languages).

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