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FECONAU

Federation for Ucayali and Afluentes Native Communities

Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali y Afluentes – FECONAU (Federation for Ucayali and Afluentes Native Communities) is one of the oldest indigenous federations of the Peruvian Amazon, which represents indigenous organisations of more than 30 native communities belonging to the Shipibo-Konibo, Asháninka, Isconahua and Aguajum indigenous peoples, from the provinces Coronel Portillo and Padre Abad from the Ucayali region, in the Peruvian Amazon region. The federation advocates for land and indigenous communities rights.

While many human rights defenders (HRDs) can operate freely in Peru, those working on the environment, in particular on the environmental and human rights impact of the extractive industry, face harsh repression, including intimidation, smear campaigns, death threats, surveillance, and judicial harassment. Environmental rights defenders who work in the defense of the rights of indigenous or campesino communities have been the direct target of judicial harassment, physical attacks, police brutality, smear campaigns, and surveillance.