Magazine article New Internationalist

Amazon Lawsuit

Magazine article New Internationalist

Amazon Lawsuit

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PERU

Indigenous organizations say they will take legal action to halt the expansion of the Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon.

They are seeking to block deeper penetration into the Kugapakori- Nahua-Nanti Reserve, which was established for indigenous peoples who have no regular contact with outsiders and live in 'voluntary isolation', as defined under Peruvian law.

The December announcement of plans to sue both the government and Argentinean firm Pluspetrol is the latest step in a new international campaign by a coalition of indigenous organizations. The legal move follows formal complaints in the press and an appeal to the United Nations.

Jaime Corisepa, president of coalition partner FENAMAD, travelled to a hearing on 'isolated' peoples in Washington DC last November. …

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