Peru

Catholic, indigenous ask Inter-American commission to protect land rights

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Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin.

Testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights here March 17, indigenous and church representatives from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil told of people being forced to leave their homes and communities pitted against each other because some support a mining company while others oppose it.

Victims want more action against Sodalitium abusers, including founder

A Peru-based Catholic movement has acknowledged that its founder sexually, physically and psychologically abused minors, teen and young adult members.

An internal investigation of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae found that Luis Fernando Figari, who founded the organization in 1971 and headed it until 2010, and three other high-ranking former members abused 19 minors and 10 adults.

Latin American coalition: Mining causing damage, not delivering benefits

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Large-scale mining and extractive operations are failing to deliver economic benefits while causing environmental damage and human suffering throughout Latin America, said a coalition of church organizations and environmental groups.

The Churches and Mining Network, which includes Catholic bishops, priests and laypeople, leaders of Christian churches and environmentalists, said in a statement Sunday that governments, church leaders and civil society organizations need to find alternatives to so-called "mega-mining" operations.

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