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Peru’s Ministries Declare Purús Highway Unconstitutional

June 2012:

Alto Purús River

Three of Peru’s ministries have declared their opposition to the Puerto Esperanza – Iñapari Highway. In separate letters to Congress, the ministry of the EnvironmentCulture and Transportation announced their unequivocal opposition to the proposal due to various concerns including the highway’s potential impact on isolated indigenous tribes. The highway is supported by a handful of mestizo living in the region but vehemently opposed by the indigenous majority. Congress is expected to vote on the proposal in August.