IRI Peru mediates negotiation with Wampis indigenous leaders upon the request of the Ministry of Interior

Wampis indigenous leaders intervened in three illegal miners’ dredges, detained their occupants and were surprised to learn that three of the miners’ security personnel were active police officers, whom they also detained. In light of the situation, the Ministry of Interior mounted an operation to rescue the detained policemen, which led to fears of reprisals amongst the Wampis. Recognising IRI Peru’s influence and authority over matters concerning the environment and the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry requested IRI Peru mediate in the delivery of the detainees to justice. In the course of two days, IRI Peru mediated a negotiation between Wampis Indigenous leaders and a high-level commission sent by the government.