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The Yanua kim Indigenous community in the Zamora Chinchipe province, south-eastern Ecuador, fear for their safety after one of their leaders was assassinated and his house raided by the police.
Two government critics and their neighbor were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest.
Indigenous leaders have been intimidated and harassed in reprisal for opposing the construction of a new wind farm in southern Mexico. There is fear they will face further threats.
A federal court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti a few hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on 3 December.