Yukpa leader assassinated for resisting coal mining in western Venezuela

Yukpa leader assassinated for resisting coal mining in western Venezuela

Yukpa leader and activist, Sabino Romero, was assassinated on 3 March 2013, according to the Venezuelan national human rights organisation, Provea.

Sabino Romero has been a prominent opponent of both the takeover of Yukpa lands by ranchers and the expansion of coal mining. He has been repeatedly persecuted by State authorities for his outspoken criticism of the lack of protection of the Yukpa people's rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For further information (in Spanish only), see: http://www.el-nacional.com/sucesos/Provea-confirmo-asesinato-Sabino-Romero_0_146987997.html

Venezuelan Civil Society Groups and Amazonian Indigenous Organisation express solidarity with the Yukpa and denounce the latest assassination:

Amazonian Indigenous Organisation (COIAM)'s statement (in Spanish only), 4 March 2013

Statement by the University of the Andes' School of Political Sciences, the Latin American Political and Social Studies Research Centre (CEPSAL) and the Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (GTAI) (in Spanish only), 4 March 2013

For more background information on this case in English, see briefing entitled The Venezuelan Yukpa people's struggle for their life and territory free from coal mining developments.