International NGOs Call for Transparency in Murder Investigation of Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader

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This morning Amazon Watch and 13 other environmental and human rights organizations urged the Ecuadorian government to ensure a just, transparent, and expeditious investigation into the murder of indigenous leader and anti-mining activist José Tendetza. We also condemned the SWAT team raid on José Tendetza’s house and urge the investigators to refrain from intimidation tactics.

Tendetza was murdered just four days before he was due to travel to the UN Climate Conference in Lima, Perú to denounce the operations of Chinese mining company Ecuacorriente in his territory. If completed, the projects would displace local indigenous and campesino communities and deforest 450,000 hectares of cloud forest.

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