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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 about the murder of the environmental human rights defender Roberto Carlos Pacheco. On 10 September 2020, unknown attackers shot him dead. Since 2012, he had 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 but were not adequately investigated and efficient protection was not granted to him.
Since Roberto Carlos’ murder, his family have 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 thoroughly, independently and impartially investigate the killing of Roberto Carlos in line with human rights standards, including the possible relation to Roberto’s and Demetrio’s human rights work; to bring those suspected of both intellectual and material criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials; and to provide comprehensive and sustainable protection to the Pacheco family as victims and human rights defenders, in consultation with them and according to their wishes.