Give emergency support to the community of Saweto image

Give emergency support to the community of Saweto

Help ensure their safety and access to justice

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

100% of your donation will go towards legal fees and safeguarding the community of Saweto.

For the past eight years, the community of Saweto has been fighting for justice, against all odds, after the 2014 murder of four renowned environmental activist leaders—Edwin Chota Valera, Leoncio Quintísima Mélendez, Jorge Ríos Pérez, and Francisco Pinedo Ramírez—who were massacred allegedly by illegal loggers deep in the Peruvian Amazon.

Two logging company executives and three loggers have been charged with the murders. While this unprecedented accusation brings hope, it also brings fear of reprisals to this isolated, vulnerable community.

To ensure the safety of the victims’ families, they need to be relocated from their community as the judicial process is underway.

Your donation will:

  • cover extensive legal fees needed to ensure justice is served;
  • ensure safe and adequate accommodation in the regional capital of Pucallpa for community members who are awaiting the trial to begin;
  • provide for basic needs of relocated community members, including food, medicine, school supplies, and travel: these supplies are essential to the wellbeing of those relocated, since they do not have access to these resources outside of their community;
  • support basic needs of community members who remain in Saweto for whom it is unsafe to leave their village and access resources they usually rely upon.