Operation ‘Save the native, non-contacted tribes in Peru’
Only 100 kms from Machu Picchu native tribes hitherto not contacted by any civilization are endangered.
A consortium of various enterprises, among them Hunt Oil/USA, Repsol/Spain and the giant oil company Pluspetrol/Argentina, is planning to put an infinite amount of cables through the forests and biopheres of native tribes hitherto untouched by any civilization. They are to serve seismic investigations, prepare explosive charges and test drillings in search of further gas/oil deposits.
In 2003 it was decreed by the highest courts that no licences are to be granted for the exploitation of natural resources in protected territories of non-contacted tribes. Nevertheless, Peruvian authorities gave permission to said consortium to go ahead with the investigations.
In December 2012 various indigenous organisations have issued a joint declaration in order to draw the public attention to the fact that investigative activities would inevitably lead to the destruction of these tribes.
The most important organisations in Peru for the protection of indigenous tribes have instituted proceedings against said consortium and the Peruvian government to stop the investigations. Furthermore, Survival International has demanded from the Peruvian government to stop any ongoing quarrying or mining in areas where non-contacted tribes are living, and to abide by its promise to stop all new projects.
Write a letter in favour of the indigenous tribes in Peru
The survival of these tribes is furthermore endangered by the onslaught of illegal woodcutters in the Peruvian Amazon forests.
How can I help?
1. Please write a letter to the President of Peru.
Please download and print out the attached sample letter (Word).
Alternatively you can copy and paste the contents of the letter (see under FAQ). You may have to adjust the colour to ‘black’.
Your letter can save lives.
Save the non-contacted tribes in Peru.doc
Microsoft Word Dokument [26.0 KB]
Yes. In the past such letters have shown repeatedly that governments react positively. Politics were changed and lives saved.
Why should the letter be in your native language?
Letters written in a different language show that people from all over the world care for the indigenous peoples. It impresses. Our experience shows that due to keywords the letters are understood and even answered.
How should I send my letter, fax, e-mail, or through the post office?
Letters sent through the post office show best results. If there is a realistic chance, we sometimes pass on e-mail addresses or fax numbers. But e-mail addresses change and fax machines can be cut off. If possible please use the post office.
What does the sample letter say?
Presidente de la República del Perú
Ollanta Humala Tasso
Jr. de la Unión s/n 1ra. Cuadra Lima
I am very concerned about the situation of the non-contacted indigenous tribes in Peru.
Even in their own territory they are being threatened in their livelihood by illegal woodcutters, the construction of roads and the exploitation of their natural resources like oil, gas etc.
Please stop in areas inhabited by non-contacted indigenous tribes
– exploitation of gas, oil and other natural resources
– illegal deforesting
– the construction of roads.
Otherwise the non-contacted tribes will be subject to great sufferings. It is even possible that they will disappear completely.
Please support their human rights to live securely and in peace and prevent woodcutters and oil companies to enter the territory of these indigenous tribes.