Urgent Action: Defender Killed, Family in Danger (Peru: UA 144.20)

September 21, 2020

On 11 September 2020, human rights defender Roberto Carlos Pacheco was shot dead by unknown attackers. Pacheco had received death threats since 2012 linked to his activism against illegal mining in the Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios region, in the Amazon. Having received insufficient protection measures from authorities, his family believe they are in danger, particularly Demetrio Pacheco, his father, and Vice President of the Tambopata Reserve Management Committee. We call on the Public Prosecutor to investigate this murder, bring suspects to justice and protect the Pacheco family.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Public Prosecutor, Zoraida Ávalos Rivera
Fiscalía de la Nación-Ministerio Público
Av. Abancay 5, Cercado de Lima,
15001, Lima, Perú
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Hugo de Zela
Embassy of Peru
1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 833 9860 I Fax: 202 659 8124
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeruInTheUSA
Instagram: @peruintheusa
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2IoKk6P
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Public Prosecutor,

I write to you with regards to the murder of the environmental human rights defender Roberto Carlos Pacheco. On 11 September 2020, unknown attackers shot him dead. Since 2012, He received a series of death threats linked to his activism against illegal mining in the Tambopata Reserve, in the Peruvian Amazon’s Madre de Dios region. These death threats were denounced before the authorities.

His family reported that they are in danger after receiving insufficient protection measures from authorities. They are particularly concerned about Demetrio Pacheco, his father, and Vice President of the Tambopata Reserve Management Committee.

I call on you to immediately, thoroughly, independently and impartially investigate this murder in line with human rights standards, including its possible relation to Roberto’s and Demetrio’s human rights work, to bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice and to fully protect the family through the Protocol for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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