Worldwide protests demand protection for Peru’s uncontacted tribes 23 April 2013

Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Survival International supporters held worldwide protests outside Peruvian embassies and consulates in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Madrid and Paris today, calling for an end to the deadly expansion of the Camisea gas project in Peru’s Amazon rainforest. Camisea threatens the lives of uncontacted Indians.

Protesters in London and Madrid, dressed as gas workers with masks and helmets, carried placards symbolizing the lethal effects of the Camisea project. The protesters handed oil canisters filled with the names of 120,000 people to the Peruvian embassies and consulates, asking Peru’s President to stop outsiders and companies from invading uncontacted tribes’ land.

Peru’s government is on the brink of approving a huge expansion of the notorious Camisea gas project which would penetrate further into the Nahua-Nanti Reserve, home to several uncontacted and isolated tribes.

Protesters called for an end to the expansion of the Camisea gas project.
Protesters called for an end to the expansion of the Camisea gas project.
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Camisea already lies in the heart of the Nahua-Nanti Reserve, which is the buffer zone to the Manu National Park, considered by UNESCO to be ‘the most biodiverse place on earth’. It is Peru’s largest gas project, and is run by Argentina’s Pluspetrol, US’s Hunt Oil and Spain’s Repsol.

The UN recently called for the ‘immediate suspension’ of the Camisea expansion over the risk it represents to the lives of uncontacted tribes living nearby.

Uncontacted Indians are extremely vulnerable to diseases brought in by outsiders – initial exploration in the Camisea block in the 1980s led to the deaths of half the Nahua tribe.

The expansion of the Camisea gas projects would threaten the lives of uncontacted tribes in the Nahua-Nanti Reserve.
The expansion of the Camisea gas projects would threaten the lives of uncontacted tribes in the Nahua-Nanti Reserve.
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Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The UN wants to suspend the Camisea expansion. Thousands of people worldwide are against it. International law prohibits it. So why is this lethal project still on the cards? Not only is the government putting its reputation in jeopardy, it’s guilty of breaking international law.

Note to editors:

- The protest in San Francisco, California, will be held later today at 9am PST.
- Download the letter handed to the Peruvian embassies and consulates (pdf, 882 KB).
- High resolution images of the worldwide protests will be available for download here:

Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in Madrid wearing helmets and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes. Protesters in Madrid wearing helmets and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in Berlin wearing masks and helmets to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in Berlin wearing masks and helmets to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in Paris were carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in Paris were carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in London wearing gas masks and carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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In Paris the Jummas from Bangladesh showed their solidarity with Peru's uncontacted tribes.In Paris the Jummas from Bangladesh showed their solidarity with Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in London carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in London carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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Protesters in London handed in a petition to ask Peru's President to protect uncontacted tribes from invaders on their land.Protesters in London handed in a petition to ask Peru's President to protect uncontacted tribes from invaders on their land.
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Protesters in San Francisco were carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.Protesters in San Francisco were carrying placards to symbolize the lethal effects of the Camisea project on Peru's uncontacted tribes.
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