Major victories for isolated tribes in Peru

A coalition of indigenous organisations has for more than a decade been a leading force in securing recognition and protection of isolated tribes in Peru with the support from Rainforest Foundation Norway. 

Due to a strong dedication within the indigenous movement of the Peruvian Amazon to ensure the protection of what they call their "isolated brothers", many of the isolated tribes still inhabiting the vast rainforest of Peru can now live in peace on their traditional land. 

They can live free from persecution, forced contact and the constant threat of loosing their land. Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) has supported them in this quest since 2004. 

Here are our major victories for isolated tribes in Peru: 

New control system and control posts

Implementation of a control system of the borders of the two largest continous territories of isolated tribes in Peru. By 2017, the system consists of 11 control posts operated by local indigenous guards, preventing intrusion on these territories at the river entrances where the posts are located.

Major oil company withdraw activity from isolated tribes land

The oil company Pacific Exploration & Production withdraws all activity from block 135 (10 020 km2), located on land inhabited by isolated tribes in the Yavari and Tapiche river basins in North-Eastern Peru.

Area the size of Belgium protected from oil

Elimination of 3 oil blocks overlapping areas inhabited by isolated tribes in North-Eastern and South-Eastern Peru (in 2009, 2010, and 2016). The total extent of the removed blocks equals the size of Belgium (approx. 30 000 km2).

Documentation that proves existence of several isolated tribes

The production of documentation that proves the existence of several isolated tribes in three regions of the Peruvian Amazon is important. With the basis in this documentation, 4 proposals for the establisment of territrial reserves for the protection of isolated tribes are promoted.The total territorial extent of the isolated tribes in these regions equals the size of Costa Rica (approx. 50 000 km2). The work has started in 2004 and was completed in 2015. 

Victory in the Inter-American Comission on Human Rights

On a request for precautionary measures, the victory in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR) resulted in a demand from to the Peruvian state for effective protection of isolated tribes in South-Eastern Peru.

National protection of isolated peoples

Approval in Congress of a proposal for a national Law for the protection of isolated indigenous peoples in Peru.