Indigenous leaders, rock musicians urge action to protect environment defenders

23 June 2019

President Martín Vizcarra has been asked to give priority to investigating cases of assassination and threats against indigenous environmental leaders. This forms part of a campaign supported by the NGOs Environmental Investigation Agency and Reverb, a group of indigenous leaders led by Lizardo Cauper (president of AIDESEP) and Julio Cusurichi (president of the regional federation in Madre de Dios, FENAMAD), and accompanied by musicians from Maroon 5, the Dave Matthews Band, Reverb, Kanaku and El Tigre.

The letter also asks Vizcarra to develop a national multisectoral strategy to fight illegal logging, the implementation of which would include indigenous leaders.

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