June 10 2009
Sr. Alan García Pérez President of Peru - RE: Urgent demand that the Government of Peru stop using violence as a means of conflict resolution and that it respect the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.
Dear President García,
We are writing to you to express our shock and outrage at the violent repression unleashed by the Government of Peru against the legitimate and democratic protest of the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon.
On June 5, 2009, the Government of Peru repressed, massacred and murdered members of the indigenous people of the Amazon (over 50 deaths and 150 wounded in the city of Bagua) who continue to defend their right to life, respect for their culture, self-determination, liberty and dignity.
We demand a stop to this illegitimate and cruel repression that has already resulted in too many deaths and call on your government to renounce violence, show respect for human rights and follow the path of democracy and dialogue. The voice of justice cannot be silenced by violence.
At the same time, we call on the Amazonian people to maintain their struggle for the defence of their territory and their rights, but always and only using the methodology of Active Nonviolence, through denunciation, non-cooperation, non-violent mobilisation and social organisation. Active Nonviolence is the true political and moral force to unveil the violent ones who always seek to usurp indigenous rights.
The resources of Latin American should be used to benefit all the peoples of the region, not for an outdated and discredited model of "development" that only benefits a small minority.
The peoples of Latin America and the world are awakening and no one can go back. Nor do we wish to return to the dismal failures of neo-liberalism which have impoverished millions and sown the seeds of economic collapse throughout the Americas and the world.
Señor García, it is time you recognized the existence of others, and leave behind the sad practices of the past which have tried to silence legitimate claims and human lives with brutality and bloodshed.
The whole world is watching.
Sincerely, Chris Wells
Rafael De La Rubia at the United Nations
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