BRAZIL-PERU URGED TO CREATE 'CORRIDOR' FOR 'ISOLATED' INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Indigenous organisations from Brazil and Peru are urging their governments to establish an almost 9 million hectare ‘corridor’ for indigenous peoples who have no regular, sustained contact with other people. The call for the ‘corridor’, which would include parts of both Brazil's and Peru's Amazon, was made by several organisations from both countries, including AIDESEP and FENAMAD in Peru and AMAAIAC and OPIAC in Brazil, at a recent meeting in Rio Branco. ‘Given the vulnerability of the people in the corridor, and the threats facing them, it is necessary to involve state actors and civil society to formulate guidelines and strategies to protect them, within a cross-frontier context,’ reads a statement. ‘This must have a focus based on respect for fundamental rights, life, health, territory and self-determination, and be in line with national legal frameworks and international commitments to protect indigenous peoples’ rights.’

David Hill