UN envoy calls for investigation into Peru clash

June 20, 2009 07:13


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A UN envoy on indigenous rights called Friday for an impartial, internationally supported committee to be set up to investigate bloody clashes between Peruvian police and Amazonian Indian protesters that killed at least 33 people. The comment by James Anaya came a day after a leader of Peru's main Indian confederation urged members to end road and river blockades in the Amazon region after Congress revoked two land-use decrees that angered indigenous groups. Indians lifted blockades of several jungle highways Friday, but anti-government protests continued in several highland cities. Anaya, the UN special envoy for Indians' human rights and freedoms, said that during his visit to Peru he had heard what he called "worrisome" testimony from Indian protesters alleging abuses by security forces. "I am calling for an exhaustive investigation by a special, independent commission so that these allegations can be investigated and taken seriously," Anaya said.

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