Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Peruvian protestors call for respect for indigenous rights

A large coalition of Peruvian indigenous and peasant groups held a nation-wide protest from July 8 to 10 to demand respect for indigenous rights, according to the World Rainforest Movement’s July bulletin.

The protestors lashed out at the government for proposed policies that would promote private industry in the Amazon region, but negatively impact the environment and violate communal property rights and other collective rights of indigenous inhabitants.

According to the article, the protest “coincided on July 9 with a national general strike called by the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP).”

Some 200 people were arrested during the strike.

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