ACT and Opiac Participate in Second International Meeting on “Perspectives on Protection Policies for Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact”

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The second international meeting on “Perspectives on Protection Policies for Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact”, held in Brazil, was successfully completed June 11 to 14, 2018.

The Colombia delegation consisted of Robinson Lopez, Human Rights and Peace Coordinator for the National Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC); Oswaldo Silva, a leader of the Curare – Los Ingleses Indigenous Reserve of the Amazonas department; and Daniel Aristizábal of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), who presented a paper on the prior consultation process for a proposed decree for the prevention of risks to and the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in isolation of Colombia.

Attending the meeting were delegations from Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, and achieved the following objectives:

  • Share and denounce the threats and challenges confronting the protection of indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact
  • Share indigenous experiences on relating to and protecting indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact
  • Strengthen the coordination of Amazonian civil society networks in order to protect and prevent risks to indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact and defend their rights
  • Share prior consultation experiences toward ensuring the protection of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact

The Amazon Conservation Team partners with indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and strengthen traditional culture.

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