Dec 2, 2023

Quinto Inuma: Peru environmentalist who fought for Amazon shot dead

A Peruvian environmental activist has been shot dead after receiving death threats for his battle to defend the Amazon rainforest, officials say. Quinto Inuma, a leader of the Kichwa community, was killed in a remote part of the northern region of San Martin. Mr Inuma had faced threats over his efforts to protect the Amazon against illegal deforestation. "We deeply regret the death of Quinto Inuma Alvardo... as a consequence of a cowardly attack of which he was victim in the afternoon of Wednesday, 29 November," said a statement written jointly by Peru's environment, interior, justice and culture ministries. Peru's national human rights centre says at least 30 environmental activists and community leaders have been killed since 2020.

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