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Four Peruvian indigenous environmental and human rights activists, including outspoken Asháninka leader Edwin Chota, were brutally murdered on September 1st or 2nd, 2014, near the Brazilian border, presumably by illegal loggers from whom they had been receiving death threats. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, but follows a long-term pattern of deadly violence against environmental defenders worldwide.
Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress
Indigenous Asháninka leader Ruth Buendía was yesterday (Monday) awarded with a Diploma of Honour of the Republic. She was presented the award at a special ceremony chaired by the President of the Peruvian Congress Ana María Solórzano who officially recognised her work defending the environmental rights of the Asháninka in Peru.
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Amazonian leader receives indigenous award for rights advocacy
Indigenous leader and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) partner Ruth Buendía has been awarded the Bartolomé de las Casas prize for her commitment to standing up for the human and environmental rights of the Asháninka people in the Peruvian Amazon.
The jury, acting for the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America together with Casa de America, praised her activism that helped to halt the development of the Pakitzapango dam, which would have flooded the rainforest home of 10,000 indigenous people.