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Colombian court orders mining companies to return land to indigenous Embera-Katio people

BOGOTA, Sept 25 Thu Sep 25, 2014  (Reuters) - A Colombian legal tribunal has ordered 11 companies to halt gold-mining operations in a 50,000-hectare (124,000-acre) reserve in the northwest of the country and return the land to the tribe that previously lived there.The ruling, the first of its kind in the Andean nation, restores the territory in Choco department to the 7,270-person Embera Katio tribe, which inhabited the area before it was forced out by mining activities and violent illegal armed groups.

Press Release: Murder in the Peruvian rainforest

Upper Amazon Conservancy / ProPurúsFour indigenous Ashéninka leaders were found dead in the Peruvian Amazon due to their efforts to obtain legal title to their native community of Alto Tamaya Saweto and prevent continued illegal logging in their lands.