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Public Prosecutor, Zoraida Ávalos Rivera
Fiscalía de la Nación-Ministerio Público
Av. Abancay 5, Cercado de Lima,
15001, Lima, Perú
Email: [email protected]
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.