Detainees freed in Cordillera del Condor

27 November 2016

Three people have been freed who were taken captive on 14 November by indigenous groups in the Cordillera del Cóndor region (Amazonas) in northern Peru. Awajún leaders had suspected that the three were connected with the controversial Afrodita gold mining project in the Cordillera. They had entered indigenous territory without prior authorisation. Their release was conducted in liaison with the regional ombudsman and representatives of the culture ministry. The Awajún leaders had informed the authorities as soon as the three men were apprehended. Like the Awajún, the regional authorities have signalled their opposition the activities of Afrodita, last August annulling consent for the project to go ahead.

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