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Parliamentary questions
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27 March 2019
E-001519-19
Question for written answer E-001519-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Miguel Urbán Crespo (GUE/NGL) , Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL) , Estefanía Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL) , Tania González Peñas (GUE/NGL) , Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Murder of an indigenous leader in Costa Rica
 Answer in writing 

On 18 March 2019, Sergio Rojas, a Costa Rican indigenous leader, was murdered at his home in the indigenous territory of Salitre.

Mr Rojas was murdered on the very same day that he had lodged a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office about land-grabbing, threats and attacks against the Bribri community, of which he was a member. Several attempts had already been made to kill Sergio Rojas on account of his activism in defence of the indigenous territory of Salitre. He was among a number of indigenous people held for six months following widespread protests in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica in 2015.

Owing to the risks posed to the Bribri people of Salitre and the Broran people of Térraba, in 2015 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called for steps to be taken to protect the communities concerned. The Costa Rican authorities, however, have failed to take any such action.

1. Is the VP/HR intending to publicly condemn this killing and demand that the rights of indigenous peoples be upheld in Costa Rica?

2. Is she intending to call for a thoroughgoing investigation into the crime, and for those who are morally and physically responsible for it to be brought to justice?

3. In accordance with EU guidelines, is the VP/HR intending to recommend that the EU Delegation visit communities in the area concerned?

Original language of question: ES 
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