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Bagua: Peru’s Amazon laws officially scrapped


Here’s Reuters with the details:

LIMA, June 18 (Reuters) – Peru’s Congress overturned two controversial land laws on Thursday that ignited deadly clashes between police and indigenous protesters in the Amazon rainforest two weeks ago, killing at least 34 people.

The vote to throw out legislative decrees 1090 and 1064 could delay foreign investment in mining and energy projects in the rain forest, and may prompt Peru and the United States to reevaluate clauses of their free-trade pact. [ID:nN06294730]

President Alan Garcia issued a series of decrees last year under powers Congress gave him to implement the U.S. trade deal and create a framework to regulate investment in the Amazon.

But after deadly violence, he backtracked and asked Congress to overturn two of the most divisive laws, although others remain in effect.

“This is a historic day for all indigenous people in Peru,” Daysi Zapata, director of the Indian rights group Aidesep, said alongside dozens of indigenous people who yada yada continues here

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