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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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The Catholic Church, Indigenous Rights, and the Environment in the Peruvian Amazon Region

The Catholic Church, Indigenous Rights, and the Environment in the Peruvian Amazon Region

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(p.189) The Catholic Church, Indigenous Rights, and the Environment in the Peruvian Amazon Region
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Democracy, Culture, Catholicism
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Oscar A. Espinosa

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0014

In this essay, Espinosa outlines the role played by Roman Catholic bishops of the Amazon during the intense conflicts over indigenous rights and environmental degradation that occurred in the Peruvian Amazon region during the years 2007–2011. Of major importance were the Pastoral Nativa organization for missionaries working with indigenous people and the Amazonian bishops’ public declarations of support for the indigenous people at a time when the government of President Alan Garcia and major multinational corporations were supporting massive exploitation of timber and minerals. Tensions led to mobilizations of indigenous people protesting the Garcia government. These climaxed in the 2009 Bagua conflict between indigenous people and military forces that left thirty people dead. These developments brought further support from the entire Peruvian episcopacy in support of the Amazonian bishops’ commitment to justice for indigenous people and the environment.

Keywords:   Amazonian bishops, Amazon Region, Bagua conflict, environmental justice, Alan Garcia, President, indigenous rights, Pastoral Nativa

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