Peru creates new anti-logging commission after murders

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The commission was announced after the murder of anti-logging activist Edwin Chota (pictured) and three other indigenous leaders The commission was announced after the murder of anti-logging activist Edwin Chota (pictured) and three other indigenous leaders

Sep 22, 2014

The Peruvian government says it will investigate illegal logging along the Peru-Brazil border following the murder of four indigenous leaders.

The leaders were killed in early September, allegedly by loggers.

The Peruvian President of the Council of Ministers, Ana Jara Velasquez, announced a commission which she said would have powers to stop the logging.

She said police had so far arrested one person suspected of involvement in the killings.

The four tribal leaders, including outspoken anti-logging activist Edwin Chota, had been killed on their way to a meeting to discuss ways to stop illegal logging.

The men from the Ashaninka community were attempting to travel to Brazil when they were murdered,

Under threat

Campaigners say the men had received several death threats from illegal loggers.

Correspondents say indigenous peopleā€¦

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