The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned the murder of two indigenous leaders in Nicaragua and urged the government to investigate and find those responsible.
In a message on Twitter, the UN entity referred to the death of Sergio Julián and Serato Juwith Charly, who worked as rangers in the Mayangna Sauni As territory and were shot to death by unknown persons on July 2 and 5, respectively. , as reported by the environmental organization Fundación del Río.
The Office highlighted that the communities of that territory “have been seriously affected by violence” this year, for which reason it demanded “the (Nicaraguan) State to investigate and find those responsible for these attacks,” as well as “establish actions to prevent these events are repeated and guarantee the rights of the victims and their families”.
The Nicaraguan government has not confirmed or denied the claim of both murders.
The inhabitants of the Mayangna Sauni As territory, located in the Bosawás biosphere reserve, have been the object of armed attacks by “settlers” – mestizo farmers – who frequently invade and occupy indigenous lands to spread crops and exploit the timber resources of the area, according to human rights organizations.
The local Prilaka foundation, which defends indigenous groups, assured that the ranger Julián, 42, was shot at on July 2 by four men around the Betlehem region and died two days later at the municipal hospital in Rosita, in the northern Caribbean, because of the injuries.
The same non-governmental organization pointed out that Charly, 23, was assassinated on Tuesday by “settlers” who mobilized in the Wilu community, which was set on fire in an attack that occurred on March 11 that left six residents dead.