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27 January 2018
In December 2017, a court in Iquitos made a landmark ruling in favour of indigenous groups, by ordering the Peruvian authorities to recognise and grant land titles to the people of Achuar del Pastaza (in Loreto region). What makes this ruling especially important is that it recognises the Achuar del Pastaza people as a “pueblo”, and therefore asks for land titles to be granted to the Achuar people as a whole entity rather than granting land titles to individual communities.
The Federación de la Nacionalidad Achuar del Perú (Fenap) had filed a petition before the courts to be granted recognition of its land rights back in 2015. In a public statement, the Fenap welcomed the decision and hoped that it will set a precedent that benefits all other indigenous groups.