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Defending isolated indigenous
Latinamerica Press
3/6/2008
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Survival International (SI) launched a campaign to protect indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation in Peru.

London-based indigenous rights organization Survival International (SI) launched a campaign on Feb. 6 to protect indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation in Peru.

The organization estimates that there are 15 native peoples living in voluntary isolation in Peru who are severely threatened by illegal logging and oil exploration, the latter of which is being promoted by the Peruvian government.

Survival International called on the international community to pressure Peruvian authorities to take measures so that these peoples’ rights are respected and to ban any form of natural resource extraction on their land.

The organization said that a potential encounter between the indigenous residents and oil companies could have serious consequences.

“Both the Indians and the oil workers would be at grave risk from such an encounter; the Indians from catching potentially fatal diseases such as influenza, and the workers from the very real danger of retaliation by the Indians, who would see their presence as a threat,” said Survival.


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