UN calls Costa Rica to clarify murder of indigenous leaders

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San José, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations System in Costa Rica (ONUCostaRica) today called on the Costa Rican State to urgently clarify the murders of Bribrí indigenous leaders Sergio Rojas and Brörán Jhery Rivera.

On its Twitter social network profile, @UNCOSTARICA, ONUCostaRica wrote “on #DiaDeLosPueblosIndigenas we call on #CostaRica to urgently clarify the murders of indigenous leaders Sergio Rojas and Jhery Rivera.”

Prompt and effective justice contributes to these events not being repeated and to the protection of human rights defenders, the tweet concludes.

Rojas, a Bribri Uniwak leader from Salitre, a founding member and coordinator of Frenapi, and a member of the Council of Own Authorities Carers of Mother Earth (Ditsö Iriria AjKönuk Wapka de Salitre), was assassinated at his home in the Yeri community, Salitre indigenous territory. , in the canton of Buenos Aires, in Puntarenas, on March 18, 2019.

A situation that unfortunately was repeated with the murder of the leader brörán Rivera, land recuperator and defender of indigenous rights, on February 24, 2020.

On repeated occasions, the National Front of Indigenous Peoples (Frenapi) has demanded clear answers from the State of Costa Rica regarding the investigation of the murders of Rojas and Rivera, as well as to abide by the Precautionary Measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). in 2015.

Also, adopt special protection actions for witnesses and defenders of individual liberties who are under threat.

In 2015, the IACHR ruled to guarantee the life and personal integrity of the members of the Teribe de Térraba and Bribri de Salitre indigenous peoples, in Buenos Aires, in the province of Puntarenas, considering “the seriousness of the situation, the urgency of the situation , and irreparable damage.



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