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New highways in remote Amazon risk 'ethnocide', say Peruvians

Indigenous federations, state entities and congresspeople speak out against proposed law promoting road constructionIndigenous federations and other Peruvians have responded fiercely to a proposed law promoting the construction of highways in some of the remotest parts of the Peruvian Amazon near the border with Brazil. A series of "protected natural areas", including four national parks, and five reserves for indigenous peoples living in "isolation" could ultimately be impacted. Local, regional and national federations - together with NGOs, relevant state entities and congresspeople - have spoken out against or expressed concern about the proposed law. The main claims: it poses serious threats to the forests, biodiversity and indigenous peoples living in "isolation" and "initial contact", and it contravenes Peruvian and international laws, trade agreements with the US and European Union, Peru's international climate change commitments, and recommendations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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