KICHWA FEDERATION IN PERU'S AMAZON DEMANDS CONSULTATION ON OIL

Indigenous federation FECONAT, representing Kichwa communities in the northern Peruvian Amazon, has just issued an eight page publication titled ‘Consulta, si! Abuso, no!’, translating as ‘Consultation, yes! Abuses, no!’ It is being distributed among Kichwa communities and is yet another urgent call for them to be consulted about oil operations in their territories, and includes a list of numerous commitments made to them between 2015 and 2017 by various government entities which have not been fulfilled. ‘Consulta, si! Abuso, no!’ features some of the photos I took when I visited a Kichwa protest on the River Tigre in early 2015, where for a month oil company barges had been blocked from travelling further upstream. The firm now operating there is a subsidiary of a Canadian company, Frontera Energy. Oil firms have operated in the northern Peruvian Amazon with devastating social and environmental impacts for over 40 years, and now the Kichwas and others fear that a new long-term contract will be signed by the government with another company (2-11-2017).

David Hill