FINALIST: Securing Lands, Lives and Justice in Santa Clara de Uchunya, the Peruvian Amazon

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Securing Lands, Lives, and Justice in Santa Clara de Uchunya, the Peruvian Amazon
Forest People’s Programme, The Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali, and The Institute of Legal Defense, Peru

ABOUT: The Shipibo-Konibo Indigenous community of Santa Clara de Uchunya is struggling against the dispossession and deforestation of their ancestral lands due to the aggressive expansion of oil palm. Since 2015, the project partners have supported the community, located in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon, to use legal and advocacy strategies to challenge land rights violations, agribusiness-led deforestation, and violence against community leaders who protect their territory. On this journey the community has secured several victories and restricted the expansion of the plantations, but they continue to strive for the full restitution and remediation of their lands.

Learn more about this project on the World Justice Challenge website.

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Hello! You have done some amazing work on protecting land rights and human rights defenders in a very difficult rule of law environment. How did Covid-19 impact your work and how did your organizations adjust to this new reality?