World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Peru: Urgent Appeal For Trapped Uncontacted Tribe


Peru: Urgent Appeal For 'Trapped' Uncontacted Tribe

An urgent appeal to save an uncontacted tribe who are trapped in a shrinking patch of rainforest will be made today to Latin America's top human rights body.

The Cacataibo are the last uncontacted Indians in the central Peruvian rainforest. They are surrounded by colonists and loggers who are closing in from all sides, and a Canadian oil company, Petrolifera, is set to penetrate their last refuge.

The uncontacted Cacataibo's plight is made even worse by the highway that has split them into two groups. The highway connects the remote Amazon to Peru's capital city, Lima, and since it was built in the 1940s it is believed that the two groups have not been able to meet each other.

The threat to the uncontacted Cacataibo is so serious that today an urgent appeal is being made to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Commission is being urged to call on the Peruvian government to suspend oil exploration on their land.

The appeal to the Commission will be made by the local indigenous organisation FENACOCA, the Peruvian NGO Instituto del Bien Común, and the US-based Centre for International Environmental Law.

Survival's Director Stephen Corry said today, 'The desperate situation in which the uncontacted Cacataibo now find themselves is tragically emblematic of the plight of all uncontacted Indians in Peru. They are literally being invaded from all sides, and contact is almost inevitable. The Peruvian government must act now to stop the uncontacted Cacataibo being wiped out.'

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO: