Apr 23, 2018

Canadian accused of murder is lynched in Peruvian Amazon

A Canadian man was lynched in the Peruvian Amazon, after he was accused by members of an indigenous community of killing a local spiritual leader. "We will not rest until both murders, of the indigenous woman as well as the Canadian man, are solved," Ricardo Palma Jimenez, the head prosecutor in Ucayali told Reuters. Ms Arévalo's murder sparked outrage in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, as it followed a number of unsolved murders of indigenous activists who had repeatedly faced death threats stemming from their efforts to keep illegal loggers and palm oil growers off native lands. Policing is thin over much of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon, with villagers in far-flung provinces often punishing suspected criminals according to local customs and without the involvement of state police and prosecutors. Canadian authorities extended its "Deepest condolences following the reported assassination of Olivia Arévalo Lomas, an indigenous elder and human rights defender".

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