The prosecutor's office is seeking life sentences for Amazonian leaders Alberto Pizango Chota, president of AIDESEP
, Joel Shimpukat Atsasua, Leo Timias Tananta,f Santiago Manuin Valera, Hector Orlando Requejo Longinote, and Jose Gilberto Chale Romero, who they consider instigators, as well as Feliciano Cahuasa Rolin and Danny Lopez Shawith.
Faced with stalemate, AIDESEP member communities began to strike and blockade government work places and transit in the region.
id=3 (noting AIDESEP stands for la Asociacion Interetnice de Desarrollo de la Selva Pervana).
It might thus seem odd that during the 10 weeks of protests in Peru, as Catholic bishops, unions, farmer organizations, and other groups issued statements supporting AIDESEP, the major conservation groups were conspicuously silent.
The national umbrella groups AIDESEP and the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon (COFENIAE) were founded in 1980, followed by the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (CIDOB) and the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) in 1982.
AIDESEP has 22 regional federations as members, and each federation selects families to send for training.
The model developed at Pucallpa can be done either communally or by a single family," says Raul Casanto, an AIDESEP representative.
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They want to rush full steam ahead to approve the forestry law, using an aberrant consultation, with the intention of turning over part of the indigenous territory to lumber companies," AIDESEP president Alberto Pizango said in a press conference, after insisting that the government sign the prior-consultation law approved by Congress last May.
Roberto Espinoza, AIDESEP advisor on forestry issues, said that the forestry bill gives ample powers to lumber companies to acquire larger concessions as well as allowing a change in the use of forest lands, converting them into agricultural lands.
Daysi Zapata, acting president of AIDESEP
, said on Jan.
Judicial authorities have opened a legal case against and authorized the detention of AIDESEP
president Alberto Pizango and four other organization leaders on charges of crimes against public peace, sedition, and rebellion regarding incidents during protests between April 9 and June 5.