UN ISSUES WARNING OVER PIONEER LATIN AMERICAN GAS PROJECT

The United Nations’ Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN-CERD) has issued a report on Peru stating it is ‘concerned’ about the expansion of the Camisea gas project which could violate the rights and endanger indigenous people living in ‘isolation’ and ‘initial contact.’ UN-CERD urges Peru to heed recommendations made earlier this year by the UN’s then Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples which included 1) guaranteeing the expansion will not violate the rights and endanger the ‘physical well-being’ of indigenous people; 2) being prepared to modify the expansion; 3) completing an ‘exhaustive’ report on the indigenous people in the region; 4) consulting the indigenous people in the region; and 5) not proceeding with expansion until such consultations have been done. How, if at all, will the government respond? Expansion plans were approved in January and operations have already begun.

David Hill