PERU GOVT FAILS TO ACT AFTER ASSASSINATIONS IN AMAZON

You might have thought that the assassination of four men from one Ashéninka community in Peru’s Amazon last September would have encouraged or even forced the government to make some kind of effective response. But has the community, named Alto Tamaya-Saweto, near the border with Brazil, received legal title to its land after more than 10 years trying? No. Has the illegal logging in their territories - done by the same people believed to be responsible for the assassinations - stopped? No. Have the threats made by the loggers against the community stopped? No. Has the central government’s decision to send police to the region helped? No, on the contrary, the police are effectively living alongside the loggers, failing to stop the logging, and ignoring the Ashéninka’s legitimate grievances. For more details, see my recent article in The Guardian after a visit to Saweto. (31-03-2015)

David Hill