The expansion of the Camisea gas project in Peru's Amazon risks causing ‘genocide’, according to a report by Peruvian NGO Perú Equidad. La Batalla por ‘los Nanti’ argues that the government, the company running Camisea – Pluspetrol – and the Dominican Mission have adopted a series of behind-the-scene tactics ultimately intended to abolish a supposedly off-limits reserve established for the ‘Nanti’ and other indigenous peoples living in ‘isolation’ and ‘initial contact.' ‘The strategy to dissolve the reserve would seem to be a premeditated action that could end up being classed as genocide if it has fatal consequences for the continuity of the Matsigenka-Nanti as a people,’ La Batalla states. ‘None of the people overseeing it could say they did not act knowingly.’ Cited in my article in Upside Down World, Dominican priest David Martinez de Aguirre strongly rejects Perú Equidad’s claims.

David Hill