Mission to Peru: UN expert examine effect of extractive industries on indigenous peoples

By | 6 December, 2013

logo-oacnudhGENEVA / LIMA.  The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Peru from 6 to 13 December 2013 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country . The mission of Mr. Anaya will focus specifically on the impact of extractive industries on the rights of indigenous peoples, including issues of consultation and consent and the effect of these activities on indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation or initial contact.

“I hope to gain a better understanding of the views of indigenous peoples, government representatives and other stakeholders on the achievements and challenges that exist with regard to extractive industries and human rights of indigenous peoples in Peru,” the UN independent expert said.

During his eight-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with officials of the Government of Peru in Lima and indigenous representatives, and travel to Andean and Amazonian regions within the country to examine specific cases in those areas.

At the conclusion of his mission, on Friday, 13 December, Mr. Anaya will present his preliminary findings at a press conference that will be held at 1 pm (13:00 hours) in Lima, in el Complejo Pérez de Cuéllar, sitio en Av. Pérez Araníbar (Ex. Av. Del Ejército) #750, Magdalena del Mar, Sala Interagencial.

See Press release