Ecuador: Indigenous land rights advocate campaigning against Chinese mine project found dead

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8 December 2014

Advocate planned on speaking out against mine at Lima climate change talks this week

Author: Jonathan Watts, Guardian (UK)

"Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest", 6 Dec 2014

The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima. The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the confiscation earlier this week of a bus carrying climate campaigners who planned to denounce president Rafael Correa at the United Nations conference...Domingo Ankuash, a Shuar leader, said there were signs Tendetza had been tortured, but the full facts had yet to come to light...Tendetza had been a prominent critic of Mirador, an open-cast pit that has been approved in an area of important biodiversity that is also home to the Shuar, Ecuador’s second-biggest indigenous group...The project is operated by Ecuacorriente – originally a Canadian-owned firm that was brought by a Chinese conglomerate, CCRC-Tongguan Investment, in 2010. According to the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, the project will devastate around 450,000 acres of forest...

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Company non-response
11 April 2012

Ecuacorriente (part of Corriente Resources) did not respond to: Article raises concerns re impacts of mining in Ecuador