Madre de Dios, Lima, Perú, December 15, 2021–On December 1, the Civil Chamber of the Superior Court of Madre de Dios, Peru upheld a decision that jeopardizes the rights of a group of Indigenous Peoples living in isolation in the Peruvian Amazon. The court ruled to uphold a logging company’s lawsuit intended to silence the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Affluents’ (FENAMAD’s) efforts to protect the human and environmental rights of the Mascho Piro people.
EarthRights International is supporting the legal defense of FENAMAD in this case. Its Executive Director, Ka Hsaw Wa, issued the following statement:
“This decision plays into the logging company Canales Tahuamanu S.A.C. ‘s strategy to intimidate FENAMAD and restrict its ability to defend the Mascho Piro people–a community that deliberately lives in isolation. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic raged through Peru, the government allowed the company to resume operations in the Mascho Piro People’s territory. This decision violates an order from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and jeopardizes the lives of the Mascho Piro.