The Outcomes of Bagua: The Peruvian Amazon One Year on from the Violence

29 June 2010

On 28 June 2010, the Peru Support Group (PSG) held a public meeting at the Palace of Westminster in London to reflect upon what has happened in Peru one year on from the violence seen in Bagua.

The event was chaired by Lord Avebury, the president of the Peru Support Group. The speakers were: Lucile Robinson a campaigner for the South America team at Amnesty International's International Secretariat and Jay Goulden, who is currently Programme Director for CARE Peru in Lima.

Last year on 22 June 2009, a similar meeting was organised jointly by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Peru, the PSG and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to discuss the violent clashes which took place on Friday 5 June 2009 in Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon that resulted in an official death toll of 33 victims, including 23 police officers and 10 indigenous protesters, with one police officer still unaccounted for (www.defensoria.gob.pe).

On that occasion, the meeting heard eyewitness testimony from two Belgian volunteers, Marijke Deleu and Thomas Quirynen, whose personal experiences were reinforced by photographic documentation. The other speakers included Patricia Oliart (Latin American Studies, Newcastle University), Amnesty International, Survival International, CAFOD and the PSG.

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