Peru’s congress repeals decrees rejected by indigenous

This afternoon the Peruvian Congress, following a recommendation issued by the Government, repealed Legislative Decrees 1090 and 1064, which amended the Forestry and Wildlife Act and the Legal Regime for Agricultural Lands, respectively.

These were the decrees that had been strongly rejected by the indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon and which had led to the tense situation between these inhabitants and members of the Armed Forces.

At least 34 people died in bloody clashes in Northern Peru between police and indigenous peoples, after police moved in to break up strikes and blockades started in April by indigenous leaders in protests against the aforementioned decrees.

According to indigenous representatives, said decrees had violated their right to be consulted, as set down in Agreement 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Today’s proposal was approved with 82 votes in favor, 12 against (National Unity Party) and no abstentions.

Source: Living in Peru

Julio C. Tello

Founder of Karikuy, an organization in Peru that brings travelers to visit and explore the country. Julio also runs the Karikuy Volunteer program and is the editor of this blog. Julio likes to write about his adventures in Peru as well as Peruvian folklore, mysteries and secluded locations.

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