April 11, 2018.- Yesterday the Regional Council of Loreto unanimously approved Regional Ordinance No. 011- 2018-GRL / CR that forms the Regional Trans-sectorial Technical Commission for the protection and defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and in initial contact (PIACI) in the Loreto department.
This legislative initiative was presented and supported by the Regional Management of Indigenous Affairs (GRAI), with the support and technical / legal assistance of the Ministry of Culture and the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA) in coordination with the Regional Organization of Peoples Indigenous people of the East (ORPIO).
The Ordinance, which demonstrates Loreto's commitment to the protection of PIACIs, is intended to constitute a space for dialogue and analysis at the regional level, in order to adopt measures and coordination mechanisms between public and private institutions, indigenous organizations and civil society. which seeks to generate preventive actions aimed at respecting the rights of the PIACI. As well as providing information on the five proposals for Indigenous Reserves in the Loreto region, conceived as "lands delimited by the Peruvian State, of transitory intangibility, in favor of the PIACIs." These requests have been submitted by indigenous organizations and are: Kakataibo (north and south request), Sierra del Divisor Occidental (also known as “Kapanawa”), Napo Tigre, Yavarí Mirim and Yavarí Tapiche. The last two received in March the recognition of the indigenous peoples in isolation that inhabit them.
The Regional Manager for Indigenous Affairs, Marco Arellano, pointed out that the PIACIs are among the most vulnerable sectors of our country. He indicated that the Peruvian State has the responsibility to protect his life and health, respecting his decision to remain without contact with the rest of society; Likewise, he thanked CEDIA, as it will provide technical and logistical support for the implementation, compliance and execution of the activities of the PIACI Regional Transectorial Technical Commission.
The Transectorial Technical Commission is chaired by the GRAI Loreto and made up of a representative of the Regional General Management, the Regional Management of Planning, Budget and Territorial Conditioning, the Management of the Regional Environmental Authority, the Management of Social Development, the Regional Management of Energy and Mines, the Regional Directorate of Transport and Communications, the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, Regional Health Directorate, Ministry of Culture, the Provincial Municipalities of Maynas, the Provincial Municipality of Requena, the Provincial Municipality of Ucayali, the Provincial Municipality of Ramón Castilla, the Provincial Municipality of Loreto, the Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East - ORPIO, the Indigenous Organization Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle - AIDESEP and CEDIA.
Added to this is the excellent news of the promulgation of Supreme Decree No. 002-2018-MC, which approved the recognition of the Matsés, Remo (Isconahua) and Marubo indigenous peoples in isolation and others, not yet identified, corresponding to the area application for the creation of the Yavarí Tapiche Indigenous Reserve and of the Matsés, Matis, Korubo or Kulina Pano and Flecheiro (Tavakina) indigenous peoples in isolation, from the scope of the application for the creation of the Yavarí Mirim Indigenous Reserve.
From CEDIA we are sure that this initiative will constitute an important space for coordination between the State, indigenous organizations and civil society in general, for the protection of indigenous peoples in Isolation and initial contact in Loreto.