Oil companies, loggers and organised crime. What’s the difference?
Gregor MacLennan reports for amazonwatch.org.
More at uncontactedtribes.org.
In Peru, less than 150 miles to the south, oil company Pluspetrol in consortium with Spanish Repsol and US company Hunt Oil is pushing ahead with expansion of oil drilling and exploration inside an isolated peoples reserve in Block 88 in an area known to be inhabited by indigenous people with little or no contact with the outside world and extreme vulnerability to introduced diseases. This expansion has been supported and facilitated by the Peruvian government agency responsible for protecting isolated peoples, INDEPA.
A glimmer of hope remains on the horizon however.
Report by Mattia Cabitza for The Guardian, 12th September 2011.
A new law recognising the land ownership rights of Peru’s native inhabitants sets an important regional precedent.
In February, after a legal battle lasting nearly two decades, little-known indigenous communities in Ecuador’s Amazon region won a multi-billion dollar landmark ruling against the oil giant Chevron. The company was accused of polluting a large part of the Amazon basin by dumping billions of litres of chemical-laden materials, which campaigners said destroyed crops, killed livestock and increased cancer rates among the local population.
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