Civil society organizations ask President Vizcarra to fight against impunity and not be misled by a company sentenced for deforesting Tamshiyacu

Sábado, 31 Octubre, 2020

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(10/30/20).- Several civil society organizations asked today to the President of Peru to support the work of Government entities that have been investigating and working on the case of Tamshi S.A.C company, sentenced in the first instance for illegal trafficking of timber forest products in the Amazonian locality of Tamshiyacu, Loreto. According to the letter, addressed to Martín Vizcarra, the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Environmental Matters, the Environmental Assessment and Enforcement Agency, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ombudsman's Office and the Comptroller General of the Republic, are some of the State entities that have been investigating and have even sanctioned said company.

According to the signatory organizations, "there is plenty evidence produced by the State itself, civil society organizations, academics and investigative journalism, which allow us to assure you that Tamshi SAC (...) has deforested the Amazonian natural forest and violated human and territorial rights of peasant families of Tamshiyacu and its surroundings". 

As recalled, on July 25, 2019, the company Cacao del Perú Norte (currently Tamshi S.A.C) and two workers were convicted of illegal trafficking of timber forest products and obstruction of the procedure. The judgment issued by the Second Single-Person Criminal Court of Maynas, analyzed the illicit behaviors committed by those sentenced, discerning the fallacious arguments used by the defense, which even pretended to deny the existence of forests, the application of the Forestry Law and Wildlife (Law No. 27308 in force as of 2013) and the need, clearly established in the national regulations, to have a previously approved environmental management instrument. 

You can read the full letter below or by clicking here.