Tell Secretary Clinton to Condemn Killings in Peru

By Anna on June 23, 2009 at 11:45 am


From No Dirty Gold:

Killed for protecting their land from mining
On June 5th, World Environment Day, Peruvian security forces killed at least two dozen indigenous people protesting to protect their lands around Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon. In the violence, nine policemen perished as well.  The protesters were opposing the Peruvian government’s opening of the region to oil and gas drilling and mining — supposedly conditions of the Peru-US trade agreement.

So far, the U.S. government has not responded. Urge Secretary Clinton to make clear that the U.S. -Peru trade agreement does not infringe on the rights of indigenous people, and also to call on Peru’s government to respect the human rights of indigenous groups.

More info:

Democracy Now

No Dirty Gold

LA Times