Shots fired at environmental defenders in Peru

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Shots were reportedly fired at members of a community and indigenous peoples’ organisation investigating land invasions by an oil palm company in Peru earlier this month.

Edinson Mahua, a representative of the indigenous organisation FECONAU, was grazed by a bullet and suffered minor injuries in the incident, which took place in the rainforest-rich region of Ucayali.

According to Forest Peoples Programme, the shots were fired by an ‘enforcer’ associated with a company which has converted an area of almost 7,000 hectares of forest into an oil palm plantation on community lands without community consent.

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Image on homepage shows oil palm plantation and forest in Ucayali, courtesy of Forest Peoples Programme.