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Richard Rubio warned that at least five Peruvian human rights defenders have been killed since April.
The Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (AIDESEP) and the Law, Environment, and Natural Resources (DAR) NGO reported that Indigenous peoples asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to "intercede" so that the governments of the Amazonian countries "take effective protection measures."
Leaders of Indigenous communities in the Amazon asked this multilateral organization to "call attention" to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil due to the murders, threats, and human rights violations they face in their territories.
The Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), which represents the Indigenous peoples of the nine countries, launched this alert call during the 177th session of the IACHR, which has been held virtually since Monday.
In this context, the AIDESEP Vice-President Richard Rubio warned that at least five human rights defenders have been killed in Peru since April.