ILO encourages Peru to halt mining exploration affecting indigenous territories

Isabel Guerra

The Peruvian government should halt all activities related to exploration and exploitation of natural resources affecting indigenous peoples in the country, said today the International Labor Organization (ILO) in a press release.

The recommendation, made by ILO Committee of Experts, says that this suspension should be in effect until Peru can ensure "the participation and consultation of affected people through their representative institutions in a climate of respect and trust."

This recommendation is to include farmer communities and indigenous communities as well, and also non-contacted tribes.

Exploitation works usually generate concerns and reject among local communities, who are afraid of the collateral effects in the environment and demand a bigger slice of profits.

The mining sector is one of the pillars of the Peruvian economy, since this country is the second largest producer of copper, first producer of silver sixth producer of gold.

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